The ex – president Joseph Blatter FIFA has said that the fiscal problems of the players are magnified and, instead, other sports figures who accumulate great fortunes are “untouchables”
As an example, he named his Swiss compatriot, Roger Federer, in an interview he gave to the Swiss public television RTS
“Why is the football world always being attacked?” No one ever said a single word about one of the great collectors of money: Federer, he is untouchable, I’m sure he’s untouchable, because he does everything right, ” The Swiss, who presided over FIFA from 1998 to 2015 .
The ex-manager of world soccer also mentioned that “the big American baseball stars or NBA players are not attacked”, as an example of an alleged cruelty against successful footballers .
However, Blatter acknowledged that the recent fiscal problems of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, accused by the Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid of defrauding 14.7 million euros to the tax authorities ; And Leo Messi, sentenced to 21 months in jail for evading 4.1 million euros in taxes , “are not good for football.”
“Soccer is being attacked,” said Blatter, who asked that, in the case of the Portuguese star, the principle of presumption of innocence be respected .
“There is no more sports morality from the moment football became a business ” and that ” players became commodities, not to say slaves .”