SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT

SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT

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SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT

– Axed FIFA President in his new book has revealed how he had offered FIFA role to Burundi President

SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT
Sepp Blatter with Pierre Nkurunziza

SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT

FIFA ex-president Sepp Blatter has revealed how he was asked by the Swiss authorities to help ease Burundi’s political disaster by offering the country’s president a job.

In a new book, Mr Blatter says he offered keen football fan Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassadorial role in exchange for the leader stepping down.

Mr Nkurunziza declined and won a controversial third term in office.

SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT

The Swiss foreign ministry established it sought Mr Blatter’s help but denied seeking Mr Nkurunziza’s resignation.

“The intention was to contribute to a peaceful solution in order to prevent the current crisis in Burundi,” a statement said.

The approach to Mr Nkurunziza took place in May last year, shortly after the protests began against his attempt to win another term.

The Burundian leader is an ardent football fan. He is in fact known for owning his own club side, Hallelujah FC, and once coached a Burundian first division team.

In his book, Mr Blatter is quoted as saying: “I proposed to the president… if it could be an advantage for him or his country, FIFA could deploy him as an ambassador for football in Africa, or the world.”

But Mr Nkurunziza said no and was instead re-elected in a poll boycotted by the main opposition parties, who saw the bid as illegal.

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Months of unrest have followed, with more than 400 people killed and tens of thousands fleeing the country.

Mr Blatter resigned as FIFA boss last year with the organisation stalled in corruption allegations.

Sepp Blatter has since been given a six-year ban from football by FIFA for ethics violations, he and Michel Platini. However, his professional expertise could still be sorted by anyone who which to.

SEPP BLATTER OFFERED FIFA ROLE TO BURUNDI PRESIDENT