A matter of days before Sepp Blatter was handed down an eight year ban from all football-related activities, Tim Roth has trashed the movie in which he starred as the disgraced former FIFA president, United Passions.

You may remember the movie’s disastrous box office performance when it was released back in June this year, taking just $607 on its opening weekend in the United States. 90% funded by FIFA itself, it unfortunately came out just as the organisation was engulfed in the much-publicised corruption scandal and the subsequent investigation.

Tim RothTim Roth played the disgraced suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter

In an online conversation on Reddit on Saturday (December 19th), the 54 year old actor revealed that he hated playing the part of Blatter, and said that he only took on the job to pay for his children’s college fees.

“The film is awful (can't say that because I haven't seen it) I hated doing it, it was the wrong film but for the right reasons. I had two kids in college so I had to make a decision and it was probably poorly judged, but once you make that decision you have to follow through. It's a hard road, being in something you don't want to do, but I'm glad I did it for my family.”

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Of course, he couldn’t have foreseen the dramatic downfall of Blatter and other FIFA officials to happen at the exact time of the movie’s release. “As for FIFA I thought the movie would be much more about the corruption of this guy at first. I don't know if he is going to go down, he seems to have survived everything that has been thrown at him.”

“There doesn't seem to be any way you can get to them because of all those big corporations behind him. It looks the most promising though now though, it looks like he is a on a back foot now because he looks more exposed then he has ever been in the past.”

Earlier in December, Roth had bristled at a question about his involvement in United Passions during an interview with The Independent. “Really, you want to go down the FIFA route? I know your game – my dad used to do your game. Why would you ask that question?” he asked sharply on that occasion.

Roth stars in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which is released on December 25th in the United States and January 8th in Britain.

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