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Sepp Blatter is reconsidering resignation as Fifa president - reports

Reports in Switzerland suggest the 79-year-old has not ruled out remaining in the position.

Blatter announced he will be standing down last month.
Blatter announced he will be standing down last month.
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FIFA HAS BRUSHED off reports in a Swiss newspaper that Sepp Blatter could backtrack on his decision to stand down as President of world football’s governing body.

Blatter announced his intention to resign earlier this month after Fifa was thrown into chaos by allegations of corruption, and the date of an election to appoint his successor is due to be set next month.

Blatter was successfully re-elected for a fifth term as president four days before unexpectedly confirming his resignation.

However, Schweiz am Sonntag cites an unnamed source close to Blatter as saying the 79-year-old had not ruled out remaining in the position.

“He [Blatter] had received messages of support from African and Asian football associations asking him to rethink his decision to step down,” the newspaper reports.

The resignation of Fifa Director of Communications, Walter De Gregorio, could also be a reason for Blatter’s rethink.

It’s believed that De Gregorio was one of the leading voices in the campaign against Blatter and the need for a new start for Fifa.

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