Blatter’s ex defends suspended soccer boss

FIFA President Blatter speaks during a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in ZurichSepp Blatter's ex-wife has defended the powerful soccer boss who was suspended as FIFA president this week amid a corruption probe. "Everyone wants to crucify him now," Graziella Blatter-Bianca, a former dolphin trainer whose marriage to Blatter ended in 2004 after around a year, told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. Swiss prosecutors last month opened a criminal investigation of Blatter on suspicions of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds over a television rights contract he signed in 2005 and a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment in 2011 to Michel Platini, president of the UEFA soccer confederation.