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I am powerless to punish Havelange, says FIFA chief Blatter

London: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has insisted that he is innocent of any wrongdoing as world football`s governing body finds itself embroiled in a new scandal.

Fifa published a Swiss prosecutor`s report on Wednesday confirming former chief Joao Havelange`s role in the scandal. Blatter was the federation`s top administrator for 17 years during Havelange`s presidency.

However, he stated that `commission` payments received by Fifa from disgraced marketing agency ISL were legal back in the 1990s.

"Back then, such payments could even be deducted from tax as a business expense. Today, that would be punishable under law," Blatter told

"You can’t judge the past on the basis of today’s standards. Otherwise it would end up with moral justice. I can’t have known about an offence that wasn’t even one."

Now 96, Havelange is currently Fifa`s Honorary President and Blatter is resisting calls to strip his former boss of his title.

"I don’t have the power to call him to account. The [Fifa] Congress named him as Honorary President. Only the Congress can decide his future," he added.

From Zee News

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