Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Take Blatt

A high-ranking Irish FA official last night labelled Jim Boyce’s comments that FIFA President Sepp Blatter “is a friend of Northern Ireland football” as baffling.

Former IFA President Jim Boyce was this week elected as one of eight FIFA vice-presidents after 75-year-old Blatter won a fourth term in office.

Blatter has come in for stinging criticism — especially from the English FA — over FIFA corruption allegations.

But 65-year-old Boyce has defended the most powerful man in world football and even suggested the Swiss administrator has helped Northern Ireland at every opportunity.

However, this has been refuted by a top IFA source who has been outraged by Boyce’s comments this week.

Speaking to Sunday Life on the condition of anonymity the official blasted: “Jim must have a very poor memory if he thinks Mr Blatter is our friend.

“Friends don’t stab you in the back.

“Does Jim not remember what Mr Blatter did at the Slieve Donard hotel just a couple of years ago?"

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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