Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, currently serving a ban from the sport, told Reuters on Thursday he is considering legal action against the global football body in an attempt to clear his name.
Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, was handed a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake world soccer’s governing body in 2015.
The 81-year-old Swiss said that while “for the time being there is no legal action”, he and his lawyers were working on a potential case.
“My aim is to look into the decision of FIFA’s Ethic-Committee in view of informations, and even evidences that I have received, in the meantime, in connection with my suspension,” Blatter told Reuters via email.
“We are working on this case – and looking forward for development.”
It is likely that any legal action from Blatter would take place in the Swiss civil courts.
FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In December 2016, Blatter lost an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the suspension.