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The Daily Dirt: If the USA would have won, Sepp would have had it made

Blatter thinks the 2022 World Cup is the reason he's going down.

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That headline is a reference to a terrible line in a terrible song by Hank Williams Jr. But it fits, because in both instances it's a ridiculous, delusional statement. Sepp Blatter, the disgraced FIFA president who's been suspended for eight years, believes he wouldn't have been investigated for corruption if the United States had been awarded the 2022 World Cup. As is the case for most corrupt leaders who've been taken down, Blatter is sounding a bit off his rocker these days.

"I will fight. I will fight for me and I will fight for FIFA. Suspended for what? I spoke with my lawyer this morning and we were not surprised that the notification was made first to the media. This committee has no right to go against the president of FIFA. The president can only be removed by the congress. Even suspended, I am still the president. I regret, but I am not ashamed."

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