Blatter gets damages for defamation

ZURICH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been awarded damages for defamatory statements made against him, while three national associations – in Somali, Burundi and Puerto Rico – have had cash grants suspended, world football's governing body said on Wednesday. 

Farah Addo, president of the Somali Football Federation, was banned from all activities in football in January, and has been ordered to pay Blatter 10,000 Swiss francs (US$7,519) compensation and assume costs for the case at Court of Meilen in Switzerland. 

Addo said on Wednesday he would not pay. 

The sanction on Addo related to comments he made in February 2002 about irregular financial practices he said had been intended to assist the election of Blatter to the FIFA president in 1998. 

Addo had made accusations against executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar and questioned the integrity of Blatter, but had been unable to substantiate his claims. 

The Court of Meilen upheld the injunction prohibiting Addo from making further statements against Blatter. 

In Nairobi, Addo said he he would not pay the compensation and costs because he had not been given the opportunity to defend himself. 

“I will pay him nil, I will pay him zero,” Addo said. 

“When one is taken to a cour, he must be called to defend himself and that did not happen because they knew I have the documents to defend myself.” 

He said he had sent documents to FIFA in his defence but the body had not acknowledged their receipt. 

“The document is very embarrassing for FIFA to accept having received it,” he said. – Reuters 

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