Former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has claimed that some draws for European football competitions were rigged using “hot and cold balls”.
The Swiss however insisted that no draw for any FIFA tournament was ever arranged in his 18 years in charge of the world football governing body.
“There was only one person who had that power in Europe. [Former UEFA president] Artemio Franchi used to do that for the club tournament draws,” Blatter told La Nacion.
“I did not do that for the World Cup in 1978. But with my magic, I could do anything. Once again, I am joking. The draw was honest down to the last detail.
“I never touched the balls, something that other people did. Of course, you can rig them by making them hot or cold.”