"The scandal around the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has started with Michel Platini’s personal offence and grew into a geopolitical standoff between Russia and the United States, with FIFA President Joseph Blatter being a bargaining chip. Blatter, who has been suspended from any football activities, spoke in an interview with TASS about the real causes of the conflict around the world’s largest sports organization, expressed regret for not quitting his post after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and told which country was originally supposed to host the 2022 World Cup and what prevented it." SIA reports that Joseph Blatter stated it in his interview to the TASS.
Answering to the question " Why does Platini dislike you?" Blatter: " You will have to ask him and we will know. Because he wanted to be FIFA president. But he had not the courage to go as the president. And now we are in such a situation in football. But FIFA is working well. FIFA is carrying out competitions and all development programs. FIFA is so well organized that even big opponents in Germany have to say that FIFA is better organized than the German football. Since I became president of FIFA, we have made FIFA a big commercial company. And this naturally provokes envy and jealousy." stressed.