Sepp Blatter's book about life at FIFA set to be published

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Posted: Feb 23, 2016 1:44 PM
Sepp Blatter's book about life at FIFA set to be published

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter's book about his life at FIFA is expected to be published within weeks.

The website of Swiss publisher Werd & Weber has said "Sepp Blatter: Mission Football" will cost 39 Swiss francs (US$39) and intended to make it available in February.

Blatter previously said it would be a photograph-led book with anecdotes about his 40 years at FIFA, including as president since 1998.

"Despite the success, Blatter repeatedly had to put up with harsh reviews and prejudices," the publisher's preview said. "In this richly illustrated book, Sepp Blatter tells how he learned to deal with the hostility."

The 300-page, hardcover book was written by his spokesman, Thomas Renggli.

Renggli told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the publishing timetable had been pushed back by some weeks, and the book would include the result of Friday's FIFA presidential election.

The election will formally end Blatter's near 18-year presidency in the week he should receive the verdict of his appeal to FIFA against an eight-year ban for conflicts of interest.

Blatter hopes to be cleared of wrongdoing so he can host the presidential election meeting in Zurich.

Blatter and one-time election favorite Michel Platini, the UEFA president, were banned by the FIFA ethics committee in December over a "disloyal payment" of $2 million to the former France great in 2011.

Both men claim they had a verbal agreement for FIFA to pay Platini additional salary for his work as Blatter's presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

FIFA ethics prosecutors have counter-appealed to seek life bans for both men.