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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Football

Sepp Blatter to stand again as FIFA president
AFP
Lausanne, May 09, 2014
First Published: 13:44 IST(9/5/2014)
Last Updated: 14:12 IST(9/5/2014)
With footballers facing allegations of racial abuse, FIFA President Sepp Blatter sparked an angry reaction by suggesting that playerscould settle the matter with a handshake.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter plans to run for a fifth term as the boss of global football, the Swiss newspaper Blick said on Friday.

"I want to do this, because things aren't over yet. My mandate is running out, but my mission is not finished," the 78-year-old was quoted as saying by the tabloid.

Blick said that Blatter's comments came in response to questions about his future during a debate it had organised between representatives of the Swiss business and sporting world at the Zurich headquarters of its publisher, Ringier.

FIFA, which is also based in Zurich, has been steered by Swiss citizen Blatter since 1998.

He has previously been guarded about his plans for a new term, and will still need to throw his hat into the ring officially.

His decision to show his hand comes just weeks before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12.

The election will be held in 2015.


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