Blatter to visit US in 2016, rejects talk of avoiding FBI
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he plans to visit the United States in June 2016, dismissing suggestions he is avoiding the country because of a reported FBI probe.
Blatter says “everybody knows that in the US there is an investigation,” implicating former FIFA executive committee members Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer in financial corruption.
The FIFA president says it involves “former people (that) have been in my government but it is nothing against me.”
Blatter visited the US in May 2011, and an ESPN documentary this week said he has purposely stayed away since.
Blatter says if American authorities “want to speak with me there are the international relationships” to help make it happen.
He says he will visit the US when it hosts the Copa America next year.