Blatter says no reason for him not to visit the U.S.

Fri May 15, 2015 10:33am EDT
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said there is no reason for him not to visit the United States and that he plans to go next year when the country stages the Centenary edition of the Copa America.

A documentary aired by ESPN on Tuesday suggested that Blatter was reluctant to travel to the U.S. because of an FBI investigation into the controversial bidding process for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

"I will be at the Copa Centenario if elected, and even if I'm not elected, I expect I will still be invited," said Blatter, who is standing for a fifth term as president at the FIFA election on May 29.

"I know that in the U.S. there is an investigation against former people, who have been in my government, there is nothing against me," he told reporters.

Blatter said it was usual for him to concentrate his visits on FIFA's smaller members nations, rather than the larger ones.

"I am going to visit merely the national associations (who) are in need," he added.

"If you ask me the last time I was in China, it was at the Olympic Games, in 2008.

"In Germany, since 2011, I have been once, I was invited to the national team reception in Berlin, so I am not taking (avoiding) one country or the other."   Continued...

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) arrives at the 26th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress in Manama, Bahrain April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed