UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino picks a ball during the draw of the first two qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League 2015/16 at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, June 22, 2015. (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)
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Frozen balls containing team names have been used to rig European football's club competition draws although the ruse was never used at FIFA, the former chief of the game's world governing body, Sepp Blatter, has said.UEFA described Blatter's allegations as "absurd".Blatter, banned from all football-related activities over ethics violations in the worst graft scandal in FIFA's history, also denied there had been a deal between himself and the late Argentine FA president Julio Grondona after Argentina's favorable draw for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.Blatter and Michel Platini, president of European football's governing body UEFA, were banned over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.07 million) made by FIFA to the Frenchman in 2011, for work done a decade earlier.
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