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Football: Blatter ready for new term as Fifa boss

Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:28 AM
FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Sepp Blatter is ready to seek a new term as Fifa's president, he announced on Wednesday, ignoring calls from top European officials to stand down as controversy engulfs football's governing body.

"I'm ready to accompany you in the future," the 78-year-old Blatter told the Fifa congress in Sao Paulo on the eve of the start of the World Cup.

The Fifa leader was helped by a congress vote not to consider age-limits on top officials.

Isolated boos could be heard among the applause as Mr Blatter said that conditions were good for him to seek a fifth term next year. But he has a strong chance of victory in the election to be held at the Fifa congress in Zurich in May next year.

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