Posted: Friday October 25, 2013 2:05 PM

Blatter says he's not a 'ruthless parasite'

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LONDON (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has mounted a fierce defense of his integrity, maintaining he is not a ''ruthless parasite sucking the lifeblood'' out of football and claiming to be victimized by critics who wished he died at birth.

With FIFA still trying to repair its reputation following a series of corruption scandals, Blatter used a keynote address to students in England to say he has become a ''scapegoat'' for wrongdoing in football.

The 77-year-old Swiss also tried to dispel suggestions he was a plotting from ''Bond villain headquarters'' how to profiteer from World Cups before ''laughing all the way to the bank.''

FIFA released a copy of Blatter's speech at the Oxford University debating chamber on Friday, with reporters not allowed access to the event.
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