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Sepp Blatter claims European draws fixed by using hot and cold balls

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims some European draws were fixed using "hot and cold balls". Blatter, who is appealing a six-year ban from football imposed by FIFA and being investigated as part of a probe into claims of corruption during his tenure at the governing body, insists no draw at world level was rigged. UEFA has dismissed Blatter's claims, telling Sky Sports News  "Allegations that UEFA has in the past fixed draws for its competitions are completely absurd and therefore not worth a reaction." In an interview with an Argentine newspaper, Blatter claimed he witnessed the trick being employed "at European level", but did not elaborate. "I never touched the balls," he told La Nacion. "Of course, you can mark them (by) heating them or cooling them. "I witnessed draws at t