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Blatter criticises Teixeira

July 29, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Sepp Blatter has taken steps to repair FIFA's damaged relationship with the FA, following his criticism of Brazilian football chief Ricardo Teixeira.

Sepp Blatter
GettyImagesSepp Blatter has tried to defuse FIFA's row with the FA

Teixeira was reported to be furious at claims that he asked for bribes to back England's 2018 World Cup bid and had vowed to make life difficult for England during the 2014 World Cup, but Blatter has refused to condone his actions.

"I have noted what was said and will speak to him but I am not everyone's conscience," FIFA president Blatter said.

"What Teixeira said is not in the spirit of my fair play. I have [also] met FA chairman David Bernstein and we had a good positive meeting. We connected with each other. I am the president of all associations, not just the ones who voted for me."

And although the issue of corruption may still be unfolding, Blatter has tried to minimise any future damage and insisted: "I have never been on anyone's pay roll. I have been involved with FIFA for 36 years and what has been said about me has hurt.

"Some people became obsessed at criticising me. I have to prove to the world that we have the instruments to face the problems."

There is further controversy in Brazil surrounding Teixeira and the 2014 World Cup draw, where national hero Pele has been snubbed following a fall-out with Teixeira.