Now you see him….Now you don’t (sort of).
Blatter will stand down in 2015
Fifa president insists fourth term would be the last if re-elected
Sepp Blatter has revealed that his fourth term as Fifa president would be his last if he is re-elected.
The 75-year-old is facing a challenge from Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammamand is not certain to win.
Blatter has caused conflicted opinions over his handling of allegations of corruption in the World Cup voting system, and his reluctance to consider goal-line technology.
Bin Hammam is therefore rivalling Blatter, but the latter has also confirmed that, even if he wins, he will definitely stand down in 2015.
Blatter said: “You know very well that I am a candidate for the next four years as Fifa president but these will be the last four years for which I stand as a candidate.
“Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started. We want to ensure a better future for our youth.”
Bin Hammam was once one of the most loyal supporters of Blatter, who has been Fifa president for 13 years. (Sky Sports)
This sounds similar to the manner in which some middle-eastern despots attempt to allay their fate by trying to appease the mob with promises that sound very unsavoury. Clearly the embattled Swiss knows his days are numbered and is trying to save himself from a bloody presidential battle by stating his intention to leave quietly in four years time.
Given that FIFA decides it’s own fate and that those doing the voting have gotten rich, both literally and figuratively, off the back of Blatter’s corrupt (allegedly) regime, they are unlikely to want to rock the boat. Expect Sepp to get another term and then someone equally repugnant to take his place come 2015.