Coventry fury at Blatter
By Michael Wise
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Coventry are demanding an explanation from FIFA president Sepp Blatter
Coventry City chief executive Graham Hover is demanding an explanation from Sepp Blatter after the Fifa supremo accused The Sky Blues of threatening to drop striker Stern John if he played for Trinidad and Tobago.
Blatter referred to Coventry when commenting on the 'club vs country' argument currently being played out by Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho claimed Mutu was injured and unable to play for Romania, before the out-of-favour striker promptly declared himself fit and travelled to Prague for Saturday's match against Czech Republic.
Blatter said: "Mutu is in an open conflict with his coach Mourinho who has forbidden him to play for Romania, saying he is injured, and Mutu says this is not true."
He then continued: "Stern John has been asked to play for Trinidad and Tobago and has been threatened by his coach Peter Reid that if he goes to play he may lose his position in the team."
Hover has angrily denied Blatter's claims, insisting the Highfield Road club had no problem with John's international commitments.
He said: "I am absolutely horrified at Blatter trying to tie Stern John in with Mutu's situation at Chelsea and feel his remarks have tarnished the name of Coventry City Football Club.
"We are proud to see our players representing Coventry on the international stage and would never dream of preventing them from doing so.
"I have no idea what grounds he thinks he can make these claims on and am just completely bewildered by his comments."
Hover says he now wants a letter of explanation, adding: "And I don't want a letter coming to us via The FA two or three months down the line - I'm expecting a letter direct to the club from Blatter himself."