ZURICH — Sepp Blatter's daughter says media envy and hatred is to blame for the FIFA president's reputation being ruined and it will take "several people to do the job in future."
The 79-year-old Blatter rebuffed demands Friday from four FIFA sponsors to quit immediately rather than stay until February's emergency election after being placed under criminal investigation.
Daughter Corinne Blatter Andenmatten was quoted as saying by Swiss newspaper Blick that her father's interrogation by Swiss investigators on Sept. 25 lasted eight hours. She feared "they would take him away in handcuffs."
FIFA's leader of 17 years has insisted he's done nothing illegal.
And his daughter says "the media has ruined his reputation. Why are they picking on him? What did he do to them? ... It's not just envy. It's hatred."
The Associated Press