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FIFA's Blatter says next term would be his last

FIFA's Blatter says next term would be his last

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says his next term will be his last if he is re-elected in June.
Blatter is running for his fourth term but is facing the challenge of Qatar's Mohamed bin Hamman in the election to be held in Zurich, Switzerland.
"You know very well that I will aspire to another four years, those will be the last four years I aspire to," Blatter said Tuesday at the UEFA Congress.
Blatter has been running football's world governing body since 1998 and is facing his first challenge since Issa Hayatou took him on in 2002.
Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president, is also attending the UEFA Congress to lobby European federation presidents for their vote on June 1 in Zurich.
"We are in extra time," said Blatter, referring to the time remaining before the election. "Let's wait and see what the outcome will be."
While Bin Hammam has promised greater transparency if he ends his rival's 13-year reign, Blatter told the UEFA delegates that football's main challenges in the coming years will be to preserve the identity of clubs and to fight against illegal betting and doping.
"Football is corrupted by all little devils which exist in the world," the 75-year-old Blatter said. "Don't forget that football is a game and that when one is playing, he always tries to cheat a little bit. Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started. We want to ensure a better future for our youth."
UEFA members make up more than one quarter of the maximum 208 FIFA voters that Blatter and bin Hammam will attempt to woo before the June 1 election.
The winner needs a two-thirds majority of valid votes cast in the first ballot, or a majority in the second. FIFA has set an April 1 deadline for other candidates to be nominated by a single member federation.


Updated : 2021-05-07 03:50 GMT+08:00