FIFA not perfect, but not mafia, says Blatter
Published : 28 Sep 2012 19:48:01
FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted on Friday that football's ruling body was far from perfect but was not the shadowy mafia-type organisation so often portrayed by international media.
Blatter, whose reign has often been clouded by allegations of corruption, said he was happy with reforms being made inside FIFA to make his organisation more transparent.
"It is my reform and things are going well," Blatter told reporters following a meeting of the body's executive committee.
"They aren't bad, our statutes. There isn't a big thing to change in our statutes otherwise we wouldn't be the institution that we are in the world today.
"We are not perfect, but we are not the mafia, we are not a corrupt organisation. We are the organisation which protects football in a troubled world, a world we can bring emotion and hope to."