Feb 7, 2014, 9:59 AM EST
It seems as though Sepp is sticking around, at least, that’s the plan.
On Friday current FIFA President Sepp Blatter hinted that he intends to once again run for FIFA President, as the 77-year-old has been at the held of soccer’s governing body since 1998 during fiver terms and he ran unopposed in 2011 when the last elections took place.
With Blatter often blamed for many of the issues and problems in global soccer today, plus the ongoing investigation into allegations of bribery amongst FIFA’s Executive Committee, who would really want to take the poisoned chalice?
Blatter has always been on a hiding to nothing, but his claims that he will once again consider running for FIFA President have shocked quite a few who expected him to step down in 2015.
“I am in good health. I don’t see why now I should think to stop work,” Blatter told Swiss station RTS. “If the member associations asked me to be a candidate, I would not say no.”
Okay, so basically Blatter is stating that if the associations around the globe are wiling for him to remain in charge of FIFA, he would not turn them down. Is that likely to be the case? Probably.
With the only real threat to Blatter’s throne coming from Frenchman and President of UEFA, Michel Platini, FIFA’s Swiss leader could once again stroll through the voting process unopposed and become FIFA President for another four years until 2019. While Platini has yet to stake his intention to run for FIFA President in 2015, recently Jerome Champagne launched his bid to replace Blatter.
Although when Champagne was asked if he’d win against Blatter if the current President decided to run for office again, Champagne had the following to say.
“No, I don’t think so. He is a person of relevance but it’s a very hypothetical question. A lot of things can happen.”
So, get ready for four more years of Sepp. That’s my prediction after these latest comments from FIFA’s President.
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