Former president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has claimed that his six-year ban from all football-related activity is beginning to have an effect on his mental health.
The 80-year-old was speaking in an interview with German broadcaster, ZDF, where he also said the ban has left ‘a mark’ on him.
“I’ve been marked by it, because of what happened to me, this attack on FIFA shocked me. I suffer to this day because of this blow,” he said in the interview, filmed at his home in the Swiss canton Valais.
Blatter, who underwent treatment for skin cancer last month, has taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the ban.
He and former UEFA president, Michel Platini, was handed the punishment in December 2015 by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, for a dubious payment of 1.8 million euros ($2m).