Blatter admits errors, vows to carry on

2011-12-17 10:37

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted mistakes had been made but said there was no point living with regrets after a year of “ups and downs” for football’s world governing body.

Speaking yesterday in Tokyo on the eve of the Club World Cup final between Barcelona of Spain and Brazil’s Santos, Blatter, who faced calls for his resignation last month over his comments on racism, vowed to carry on and try to improve Fifa.

Asked by AFP if he had any regrets and would do anything differently after a year in which the powerful organisation was bedevilled by accusations of corruption, he said: “Yes. But you can’t live with regrets.

“You must look with a positive approach. I still have the energy to go forward. I believe myself that we can go forward.”

He added: “I said (to fellow Fifa members) that you can’t go back to the past and with regrets for the past. That’s what I’ve said.”

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