Riot police were deployed at a Zurich university to protect FIFA president Sepp Blatter, as protesters attempted to storm a room where he was giving a lecture.
The 78-year-old was giving a talk at ETH Zurich, the engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university in the centre of Zurich.
Blatter’s lecture was on “Football as a school of life.”
At least one smoke bomb was let off as between 60 and 100 students managed to enter the building – but fell short of entering the room itself according to the Zurich City Police Department who confirmed the incident.
Photographs showed a plume of red smoke inside the building and the presence of police wearing helmets and body protectors as students tried to make their way into the auditorium.
Meanwhile outside, students held up banners with slogans such as ‘chase Blatter away’, as well as declaring “s**t Blatter – s**t Mafiosi.”
Public transport in and around the area was also affected for around two hours. No arrests nor injuries were reported.
Blatter is planning to stand for a fifth term as FIFA president in next year’s elections.
He has recently been criticised by UEFA president Michel Platini, who told L’Equipe “Sepp is not the president of FIFA anymore. He is FIFA.”