Sepp Blatter confirms he will run for fifth term as FIFA president

Monday September 8th, 2014

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will run for a fifth four-year term as head of world soccer's governing body, according to the Associated Press.  

Blatter had challenged anyone to run against him, especially his critics. UEFA President Michel Platini, who said he wouldn’t back Blatter, decided not to run for the presidency.

"I will inform the executive committee. It’s a question of respect also to say then to the football family, ‘Yes I will be ready. I will be a candidate,” Blatter said, according to the Guardian. “You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished.”

Blatter, who made the announcement in a video interview played at the Soccerex conference, will officially make his declaration when FIFA’s executive committee meets Sept. 25-26. 

Blatter, 78, had said in 2011 that his current term would be his last.

- Scooby Axson

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