Blatter cleared to run for FIFA re-election
The 78-year-old finally confirmed his plans to stand for a fifth term in office, amidst the storm caused by allegations that FIFA officials were heavily bribed, before they awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Blatter went ahead to accused the British media of ‘racism and discrimination’, even as calls for him to step down became louder. But the Swiss has insisted that his time is not over.
“I know that my mandate will finish next year on 29 May in Zurich. But my mission is not finished,” Blatter said in Sao Paulo.
“And I tell you together we will build the new Fifa together. We have the foundations today because we have the budget for the next four years.
“We have the foundation, now we work. Congress, you will decide who takes this great institution forward.
“But I can tell you I am ready to accompany you in the future.”
Blatter will be challenged by Jerome Champagne, who has also confirmed his candidacy for the 2015 elections and has received support from Brazil legend Pele.
Champagne said in a statement: “For the past years and in particular since I declared my candidacy on January 20, 2014 in London, I have been defending the need of a genuine, respectful and fair-play debate on all issues affecting Fifa and football in the 21st century.
“Moreover, in any democratic organisation, the election of its president is about vision, programmes and manifestos. No one should fear this open discussion in front of the people of football, which would honour those organising and conducting it.”
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