Sepp Blatter says UEFA have used 'hot and cold balls' to rig a draw

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There aren’t too many positive opinions remaining of the footballing organisations FIFA and UEFA.

Both Sepp Blatter - former FIFA president - and Michel Platini - former UEFA president - have been involved in controversy and are both serving long-term bans from all football related matters.

And now, Blatter has admitted that one of UEFA recent draws were rigged using hot and cold balls.


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He claims that no FIFA event has ever been fixed - as he would - but says that he witnessed UEFA cheating a competition draw.

"There was only one person who had that power in Europe. [Former UEFA president] Artemio Franchi used to do that for the club tournament draws," Blatter told La Nacion.

"I did not do that for the World Cup in 1978. But with my magic, I could do anything. Once again, I am joking. The draw was honest down to the last detail.

"I never touched the balls, something that other people did. Of course, you can rig them by making them hot or cold."

And when asked if that type of thing ever happen, Blatter made a shocking revelation.

"Of course, it is technically possible. This did not happen in FIFA but I have been witness to draws at the level of Europe, at which it happened," Blatter said.

"But never in FIFA. Of course, it can be done but in my case it never happened, never.

"Before the draw, you put the balls in the freezer. Then when you touch them you can determine which ones are cold or hot. By touching them you know what you have."

Hmmm. It sounds like he knows a lot about it.

After this claim, it got many people talking regarding which draw had been rigged. Many people reached the conclusion that it involved last season’s Champions League draw by Javier Zanetti.

The Argentine can be seen holding onto one ball while mixing the others around and they believe it could have been the rigged draw. Incidentally, it was Real Madrid that Zanetti drew out - the eventual winners.

Take a look at the video below:

Blatter is still under investigation under corruption claims but insists he is innocent.

"[I am] not corrupt. They have tried to find something on me but no one has found that I have violated any Swiss law," he said. "Swiss laws and any criminal law."

"They aren't going to find anything on me. My conscience is clear, yes.

"FIFA are not corrupt, any organization cannot be corrupt. Only men are. FIFA are an organization with 1,600 people, they can't all be corrupt."

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