Blatter pledges to restore FIFA’s image



ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter says that rebuilding FIFA’s image will be his top priority if he is re-elected as president next week after a series of corruption allegations leveled at soccer’s ruling body.

Blatter also says he once received a cash-filled envelope while FIFA secretary general, before becoming president 13 years ago. He says he handed over the money to a FIFA colleague who returned it to the unnamed bribe-giver.

Blatter promises to tackle allegations of past corruption and “there will be facts” revealed in his zero-tolerance project being presented to the FIFA Congress, immediately before his election contest against Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam.