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Messi Golden Ball 'surprising' - Blatter

15/07/2014 from:SNTV


Fifa president Sepp Blatter talks about the controversial Golden Ball prize given to Argentina's Lionel Messi -- for being the best player during the tournament -- and Uruguay striker Luis Suárez's four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the last 2014 Brazil World Cup press conference.


SOUNDBITE (English): Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

"Listen I was myself a little bit surprised when I have seen [Lionel] Messi coming up to collect the best player of competition."

SOUNDBITE (English): Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

"... look at the goals scored by Messi in the different matches and they were decisive."

SOUNDBITE (English): Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

"Concerning the matter of [Luis] Suarez. As a footballer, I feel with him. I feel that such a punishment hurts. But as the president of FIFA I have to accept the decision of our independent committees. And I do hope this player will come back to football because on the pitch... the capacity, technical, tactical and his smelling for goals [goal-scoring instincts]."

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