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Fifa's Sepp Blatter is victim of conspiracy, says daughter

The daughter of Fifa president Sepp Blatter has claimed her father is a victim of a conspiracy from "behind the scenes".

Blatter - who won a fifth term on Friday - has been under intense pressure to step down since senior Fifa officials were arrested on a string of corruption charges last week.

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has told ITV News "there would be no point" in the Football Association boycotting the World Cup unless a large number of countries considered taking the same step.

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Ex-Uefa chief: Blatter knows about 'everything' at Fifa

Sepp Blatter must have known about the $10m payment sent from a Fifa account to the disgraced former vice-president Jack Warner, the former UEFA president Lennart Johansson has claimed.

Johansson believes Blatter should leave Fifa immediately. Credit: PA

The money was sent in 2008 from Fifa to an account controlled by Warner following a request to Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke from the South African Football Association (SAFA). Warner's former deputy Chuck Blazer has testified in court that the cash was a bribe for their votes for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

Blatter announced on Tuesday he will step down as president next year after a letter from SAFA to Valcke was made public. The FBI is reported to be investigating both him and Valcke as part of its probe into corruption involving Fifa officials which has seen 18 people already indicted.

Johansson, the 85-year-old who was beaten by Blatter in the 1998 presidential election, said his old adversary should leave Fifa now.

Speaking in Berlin, Johansson said:

I think that he must go immediately. I think the investigation has told him they will find out exactly what was done and by whom. The general secretary (Valcke) was sending away millions of dollars to America and then Blatter claims that he didn't know. He knows everything that's going on so don't believe that.

The cash out (was) so much money and he who keeps everything under such tight control should know about it, this is nonsense.

I fought him for 20 years and then he bluffed me in '98 and everyone knows how. I was not very optimistic on that as he's very intelligent and he knows his market.

– Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson

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