Sepp Blatter claims he was misquoted regarding his controversial ‘slave’ quotes on Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Fifa president criticised Manchester United for refusing to allow the Portuguese winger to join Real Madrid, claiming that their stance was tantamount to slavery.
He now claims that he never referred to Ronaldo specifically as a slaven.
“I have never said that Ronaldo is a slave,” Blatter told reporters on Wednesday during a visit to Vietnam.
“But I said slavery with young people. European clubs are trying to get 13, 14 and 15-year-old boys and bring them to the big clubs.
“I have never mentioned that for Ronaldo. But the press, they have distorted it.
“Ronaldo is not a slave.”
Blatter now hopes that the ongoing transfer saga surrounding Ronaldo will reach a conclusion which satisfies both United and Real.
“They will solve this problem,” he said
“We have nothing to say, Fifa is not going to intervene, let it be as it is now.”