Sepp Blatter in quotes: Terminator, mountain goats & the godfather

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On Sepp Blatter's judgement day it was only fitting that the Fifa president signed off with the line "I'll be back".

At the end of a mammoth one-hour press conference following his suspension from football for eight years, Blatter echoed Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous catchphrase from the Terminator film franchise, suggesting he is not done yet.

With Blatter, 79, also sporting a plaster on his face in the style of US rapper Nelly and claiming to be Fifa's "punching ball", it was surreal and quotable affair as he denied any wrongdoing in four languages.

The Swiss has never been shy to air his views during his 17-year stint as president - BBC Sport looks back at some of his most notable comments.

'Fifa is still working well'

"To say that today is a good day for me or for Fifa, this would be totally wrong.

"I am really sorry. I am sorry that I am still a punching ball. I am as president of Fifa this punching ball. And I am sorry for football. I am sorry to Fifa.

"I have never lost my mind.

"I'm not the cleverest man in the world, but like they say in French: Je ne suis pas un imbecile [I'm not a fool].

"What was wrong with me is at the end of the World Cup in Brazil I should have stopped."

"Fifa is still working well."

Highlights from Blatter's news conference after Fifa's ethics committee handed him and Uefa boss Michel Platini eight-year bans from football, December 2015.

'The president of everybody'

Sepp Blatter
Blatter celebrates becoming 'president of everybody' after his re-election as head of Fifa in May 2015

"I am the president now, the president of everybody.

"I take the responsibility to bring back Fifa where it should be... Let's go Fifa! Let's go Fifa!

"At the end of my term I will give up Fifa in a strong position."

Blatter proves to be far from psychic about the end of his reign, speaking after he won won a fifth term as president,May 2015.

'Let women play in tighter shorts'

"Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts.

"Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball.

"That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"

Blatter's suggestion for increasing the popularity of women's football, January 2004.

'I could understand if match-fixing had happened in Africa'

"I could understand it if it had happened in Africa, but not in Italy."

Blatter, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport in March 2006external-link as a match-fixing scandal came to light in Italy's top two divisions.

'Some countries would have applauded Terry'

Rio Ferdinand and John Terry
John Terry was replaced as England captain by Rio Ferdinand in 2010

"Listen, this is a special approach in the Anglo-Saxon countries. If this had happened in, let's say, Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded."

Blatter says John Terry should not have been sacked as England captain amid allegations - subsequently revealed to be untrue - of an extramarital affair, February 2010.external-link

'Gay fans in Qatar should refrain from sex'

"I'd say they should refrain from any sexual activities."

Blatter if he foresaw any problems for gay fans travelling to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, December 2010.

'Racism can be resolved with a handshake'

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra
Luis Suarez, then with Liverpool, received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra

"There is no racism [on the field], but maybe there is a word or gesture that is not correct.

"The one affected by this should say 'this is a game' and shake hands."

Blatter after the Football Association charged Liverpool's Luis Suarez with racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Premier League game. The Fifa president later said his comments had been misunderstood, November 2011.

'You always speak at home'

Sepp Blatter and Lydia Nsekera
Former Burundi FA president Lydia Nsekera was the first woman elected to Fifa's executive committee in 2013

"Say something, ladies. You are always speaking at home, now you can speak here."

Blatter addresses the Fifa Congress in Mauritius as the first woman is appointed to its executive committee, May 2013.external-link

'Uefa wants to get rid of me'

"They want to get rid of me. All this opposition is coming now, it's unfortunate to say it. It's coming from Nyon, from Uefa. They don't have the courage to come in. So let me go [on] -- be respectful!"

Blatter says he believes Uefa is behind a campaign to remove him from the presidency, January 2015.external-link

'I am the godfather of women's football'

"Women's football is definitely my baby. I consider myself, a little bit, as the godfather of women's football in Fifa."

Blatter in an interview to the BBC, May 2015.

'I am a mountain goat'

Mountain goat
A mountain goat typically lives for 12 to 15 years in the wild - Blatter has been Fifa president for 17 years

"I am a mountain goat that keeps going and going and going, I cannot be stopped, I just keep going."

Blatter explains the secret of his longevity to Swiss newspaper NZZ a few days before he is re-elected for a fifth term, May 2015.external-link

'Timing of arrests is questionable'

"It's not good for all this to emerge just two days before the Fifa presidential elections.

"I'm not going to use the word coincidence, but I do have a small question mark."

Blatter's reaction at the Fifa congress after seven officials were arrested on charges of receiving bribes, May 2015.external-link

'I forgive, but I don't forget'

Sepp Blatter
Uefa president Michel Platini (left) supported Blatter's rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein

"I forgive everyone but I don't forget. We cannot live without Uefa and Uefa cannot live without us."

Blatter's response to Swiss television after Uefa president Michel Platini refused to rule out a World Cup boycott in the event of his Fifa counterpart's re-election, May 2015.external-link

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