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Sepp Blatter has offered his sympathy on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

Sepp Blatter has offered his sympathy on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

Sepp Blatter has offered his sympathy on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

FA vice-chairman David Gill joined in the clamour calling on FIFA president Sepp Blatter not to seek re-election before storming out of the FIFA executive meeting in Sao Paolo.

A number of federations have stated they would prefer if the Blatter did not seek re-election with reports of bribery surrounding Qatar’s successful World Cup bid the latest in a long line of controversial incidents.

Gill labelled Blatter's decision to commit a U-turn on his 2011 pledge to stand down in 2015 as "disappointing".

Gill, the former Manchester United chief executive, said: "The very fact in 2011 he was clear it was just for four years, that should have been the situation. To change his mind is disappointing."

Asked if he thought Blatter should step down next year, he added: "Personally yes, I think we need to move on. I think we need a full, frank and open debate about what FIFA needs going forward."

Earlier today the Dutch FA called on the 78-year-old not stand for a fifth term, as he is expected to soon announce,.

"The image of FIFA has been tarnished by everything that has happened over the last years," Dutch FA President Michael Van Praag said in an interview in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant.

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