Sepp Blatter slams U.S. authorities and 'hate' campaign by UEFA

Sepp Blatter has claimed that the arrest of seven FIFA officials on U.S. corruption indictments may have been an attempt to interfere with the Congress where he was re-elected for a fifth term as president.

Blatter, who beat Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Friday's election, also criticised UEFA for what he said was a "hate'' campaign.

The FIFA president, who won the first round by 133 votes to 73 before Prince Ali decided to withdraw ahead of the second round, suggested in an interview with Swiss TV station RTS that the arrests were designed to change the election.

He said: "No one is going to tell me that it was a simple coincidence this American attack two days before the elections of FIFA. It doesn't smell right. This has touched me and FIFA.

"Not only did they try to denigrate me, but also they used the moment to say, 'This is the time to go'. Then it was said, 'We are going to boycott the congress'. But where are we? Where is the sportsmanship? There are signs that cannot be ignored. The Americans were the candidates for the World Cup of 2022 and they lost.

"The English were the candidates for 2018 and they lost, so it was really the English media and the American movement.

"If they have a financial crime that regards American citizens, then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a congress in Zurich.

"The United States, it is the main sponsors of Hashemite kingdom [Jordan]. This corruption affair is between North America and South America. It was taken to Zurich and they say it is FIFA.''

UEFA president Michel Platini had called on Blatter to resign over the scandal, and the 79-year-old hit back.

He added: "The journalists made a deal: Blatter out. It is a hatred not only by one person at UEFA but by the organisation of UEFA that has not accepted that I have been president since 1998. I forgive everyone but I don't forget.''

Asked about UEFA pulling out of FIFA or the World Cup, he added: "We cannot live without UEFA, and UEFA cannot live without us.''

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted 14 people related to football on corruption charges, and authorities there said there could be more to come.

Meanwhile, FIFA has confirmed that England's David Gill will not take part in FIFA's executive committee on Saturday morning -- he has refused to serve under Blatter following the latest scandal.

Platini reiterated his desire for change within FIFA, while congratulating 39-year-old Prince Ali for his ''admirable campaign.''

The Frenchman said: ''I am proud that UEFA has defended and supported a movement for change at FIFA, change which in my opinion is crucial if this organisation is to regain its credibility."