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German football head suggests Blatter become honorary chief

German football chief tells Blatter he should become honorary FIFA president, not run again

German football head suggests Blatter become honorary chief

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- The German Football Federation chief says he's told FIFA boss Sepp Blatter he should become honorary president and not run for a new mandate.

Wolfgang Niersbach, on the fringe of a sponsors' conference, said FIFA could regain "a positive image only with different faces at the top."

Niersbach said he told Blatter in a private conversation, "I'd find it good if he became honorary president."

The much-criticized Blatter wants to extend his 17-year FIFA presidency at the May 29 ballot, and is widely expected to win his fifth term.

Three rival candidates, all supported by UEFA, are running against Blatter: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, Portugal great Luis Figo, and FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.


Updated : 2021-09-22 23:06 GMT+08:00