Sepp Blatter to stand for fifth term

Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will stand for a fifth term as Fifa
president next year.
Blatter has been widely expected to stand again despite saying
in 2011 this would be his last term and now he has confirmed
he will do so. It follows Uefa president Michel Platini
announcing last month that he would not stand for the Fifa
post.
Blatter said he would officially inform the Fifa executive
committee of his plans at the next meeting on 25 and 26
September.
The 78-year-old said in a video interview played at the
Soccerex conference in Manchester: “I will inform the
executive committee. It’s a question of respect also to say then
to the football family, ‘Yes I will be ready. I will be a
candidate.’”
Blatter said the backing of the majority of the national
associations at the Fifa Congress in São Paulo in June had
convinced him to keep going.
He added: “You see a mission is never finished. And my
mission is not finished.
“Then I got through the last Congress in São Paulo not only
the impression but the support of the majority, a huge majority
of national associations asking ‘Please go on, be our president
also in future’.”
The election will take place at the Fifa Congress next May. The
only other declared candidate is the former Fifa deputy
secretary general Jerome Champagne, although the candidacy
deadline is not until January next year.
Before the World Cup started in Brazil in June, five of Fifa’s six
confederations - the exception being Uefa - gave Blatter their
support to continue as president and it is almost inconceivable
that he will not be re-elected when voting takes place at the
Fifa Congress in Zurich next June.

Comments

  • DXDX 4074 Points
    absolutely clear that he will win hands down again for another 4 years. but whats in it for indian football?
    i see some amount of surge in indian football importance from blatter but its the people who follow and him calling indian football is reactive to fans than AIFF doing anything.

    so is it a good thing or a bad thing to indian football if he gets reelected? debate on!!
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5463 Points
    It depends entirely on who are the other contenders. Sepp Blatter is a skilled diplomat and has managed to keep everyone happy for a long time it seems. While he has proclaimed India to be their one of the main focus and has initiated quite a number of developmental programs, some 10 years down the line, it seems that those efforts were not adequate.

    One academy here, one artificial turf there were too little it turns out. The Win in India With India program has failed miserably after almost a decade of its existence.

    But we do not know what would be the policies under a new regime. Whoever takes his place, unless he is from some favorable AFC member association, might not take India seriously. So I guess a known evil is better. In any case, the corrupt Blatter will be continuing for another term, given how deep rooted he is. So ya.
    DX
  • DXDX 4074 Points
    isnt it a co-incidence that india were atleast competing against tier 2 level asian countries in the 90's to now losing to the likes of afganistan and pakistan.

    his entire "focus" on emerging markets is gone for a toss.
  • Blatter is a ass..but he has FIFA tied up in his tangled web..see how he got hamdan banned?.. me heard on the radio (sports journo ) saying Platini will not contest as next to next term its been decided  that platni will become FIFA prez....

    guess all d setting has been done...
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