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Sepp Blatter 'scared' of arrest if he leaves Switzerland

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Sepp Blatter has consistently reiterated that he has no ties to the corruption scandal that shook FIFA this summer, although he has also conceded he is nonetheless living in fear.

Blatter has now revealed, as relayed by Goal, that he will not leave his native country of Switzerland as he is afraid of being arrested. 

Investigation underway

The FBI-led investigation on the governing body of football probed into a massive corruption scandal, dating back to allegations of bribery in 1991. The arrests of 14 people involved have already taken place.

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In response to these allegations, Swiss authorities launched an inquiry into the FIFA voting process that saw Russia and Qatar awarded the rights to host the next two World Cups.

The president himself has not been charge with anything, but announced last month that he will stand down as FIFA president as soon as a replacement is voted on. This came only days after he was voted in for another term. 

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Blatter worried

Despite his supposed innocence, Blatter says he avoided attending the Women's World Cup in Canada as he was scared of being arrested by American authorities.

"Not because the Americans have anything concrete against me, but because [arresting me] would cause a public stir," Blatter told Welt am Sonntag.

"Until everything has been cleared up, I am not going to take the risk of travelling.

"After the tsunami, I just need a bit of time to recover. Self-doubt is one of the biggest enemies of a leader, but I believe in what I am doing.

"It is not my intention to stand as a candidate again. But I am here to fight, not for myself, but for FIFA.

"Criticism doesn't hurt me. What does hurt are the tirades of hatred. Envy has turned into hatred.

"I am afraid people want to destroy FIFA, which is mine. Everybody has fears - for example, of dying - but I have nothing to fear in view of my work at FIFA. I am not afraid."

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