Tuesday 25 October 2016

Sepp Blatter 'considering staying on as Fifa president'

Published 14/06/2015 | 12:34

Fifa president announced on June 2 that he will resign
Fifa president announced on June 2 that he will resign

Sepp Blatter may seek to stay on as the president of Fifa despite announcing his decision to stand down just last month.

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According to a report in Swiss newspaper, Schweiz am Sonntag, Blatter has received messages of support from African and Asian football associations asking him to rethink his decision to step down.

Blatter was honoured by the backing and has not ruled out remaining in office, the anonymous source told the paper.

Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term last month only to resign from his position four days later in wake of a corruption investigation.

Fifa is due to pick his replacement at an emergency meeting in Zurich in December.

Blatter's renewed interest in the job was also a reason for the departure of Walter de Gregorio as Fifa's director of communications, since he had argued for a completely new start and advised Blatter to go, the Swiss newspaper said.

Reform continues to be at the forefront of Fifa's plans to clean up the organisation and a Blatter U-turn would not seemingly go down too well with everybody at the world governing body.

Domenico Scala, Chairman of the independent Audit & Compliance Committee of Fifa said in a statement issued this morning:

"For me, the reforms are the central topic. That is why I think it is clearly indispensable to follow through with the initiated process of president's change as it has been announced. "

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