Football: Blatter wants fifth term

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Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will stand for a fifth term as FIFA president.
The 78-year-old Swiss announced the news via a video interview played at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.
Blatter, who was first elected to the role in 1998, had pledged before his re-election in 2011 that his current term would be his last.
But he said the backing of the majority of the national associations at the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo in June had convinced him to keep going.
Five of FIFA’s six continental bodies have already announced their support for Blatter and only Europe has publicly opposed him.
“You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished,” he said.
“Then I got through the last Congress in Sao 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’.”
Blatter effectively has a free run at a fifth term in office after UEFA president Michel Platini announced last month that he would not be challenging the incumbent for the role.
Platini told UEFA delegates in Monaco he had decided against standing for the FIFA post as he wants to continue his work as head of European football’s ruling body.
The election for president will take place at the FIFA Congress next May.

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