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Blatter says money is ruining football

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 21: FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter attends a press conference as reaction to his banishment for eight years from all football-related activities by the FIFA ethics committee at FIFA's former headquarters at Sonnenberg in Zurich on December 21, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
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The former FIFA president, who was ousted during a corruption scandal, says fooball is getting more expensive each season.

Sepp Blatter led FIFA for 17 years until he was banned from “all football activities” in 2015 after finding him guilty of global corruption.

But the former FIFA president says money is ruining the sport, making it more expensive with each season.

“People already pay a lot to get into the stadium. Prices are getting higher and higher because clubs need more money,” he was quoted by Reuters.

“That is a bad sign. Football must remain accessible.”

“The watches are of lesser importance. What is important to me is my moral rehabilitation,” he continued.

He is still being investigated by Swiss authorities, and his case is still up for court. The Swiss attorney general’s office will decide soon if he goes to court or not.

“When this is done (I) want to write a book – my memoirs, more or less,” he concluded.

Blatter was preceded by Joao Havelange and was succeeded by Issa Hayatou until Gianni Infantino was elected.

Even if he doesn’t go to court in his native country, he will be banned until 2022 to work in anything football related.