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Thursday 24 July 2014

Manager 'challenges' backed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Ben Rumsby

Published 12/06/2014|02:30

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President of FIFA Sepp Blatter speaks to the audience during the opening ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress at the Expocenter Transamerica in Sao Paulo, Brazil
President of FIFA Sepp Blatter speaks to the audience during the opening ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress at the Expocenter Transamerica in Sao Paulo, Brazil

SEPP BLATTER last night called for managers to be allowed two challenges to refereeing decisions during a match as he formally confirmed his intention to see off the latest challenge to his presidency

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Speaking at the annual congress of football's world governing body in Sao Paulo, the under-fire FIFA president revealed he would be in favour of managers being given the opportunity to contest two decisions in every match using video replays, similar to the system pioneered in tennis.

Moments later, Blatter announced he was ready to stand for a controversial fifth term as FIFA president at next year's elections – just 24 hours after UEFA called for him to stand down.

"Congress, you will decide who will take this great institution forward," said the 78-year-old.

"But, I can tell you, I am ready to accompany you into the future, for the game, for the world."

And Blatter could cling onto power even longer after member associations voted against the principle of term limits being introduced for future presidents and other executives.

The Swiss earlier provoked ridicule during his presidential address by suggesting FIFA wanted to take football to other planets.

Meanwhile, FIFA'S chief investigator has vowed to examine evidence published by the British media in recent weeks before filing his report into allegations of corruption surrounding the 2010 vote to award the 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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