April 22, 2013 / 7:02 PM / 7 years ago

FIFA President Blatter's Twitter account hacked

FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter (C) arrives for a news conference at the CONCACAF congress in Panama City April 19, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday with a series of bizarre tweets saying he was stepping down and was involved in corruption.

A statement from FIFA confirmed the account had been hacked, saying: “Some FIFA accounts, incl. @SeppBlatter and @fifaworldcup, have been hacked. If in doubt, please verify any info with FIFA office.”

The bogus messages on Blatter’s account included a retweet from FIFA World Cup saying: “It was decided that the president Sepp Blatter is to step down due to corruption charges.

Another tweet on Blatter’s page said: “So what if I took money from Qatari prince? I am the family’s bread earner,” before declaring himself unrepentant.

“His excellency the Emir of Qatar has been the most generous figure I have ever met,” and “I do not apologize for my decision. I have done the best for Fifa. For almost 15 years I have toiled for this organization.”

The official World Cup Twitter account also fell victim to the hackers with several fake messages, including: “Sepp Blatter has been investigated for multiple charges of bribery.”

A group calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army, supportive of the country’s leader, Bashar Al-Assad, claimed responsibility for hacking the accounts, tweeting: “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here” and “Twitter #Failure... You can’t stop us!”

Blatter, 77, has been president of FIFA since 1998 and has not yet announced whether he will be standing for a fifth term when his current mandate ends in 2015.

Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Alison Wildey

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