FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not attend the Women's World Cup, his lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not attend the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver this weekend due to "personal reasons," his lawyer Richard Cullen told Reuters on Tuesday.
This year's final will mark the first year that Blatter does not present the tournament's winner with the trophy since he became FIFA president in 1998. FIFA senior vice president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon will present the trophy in his absence.
Blatter announced his intention to resign as FIFA president in early June, just days after winning reelection for a fifth term as the organization's president. His announcement came amid a wide-ranging FIFA corruption scandal stemming from millions of dollars in alleged bribes.
Blatter is reportedly a target of a U.S. law enforcement investigation of FIFA corruption.
The U.S. women's national team plays Germany in a semifinal match on Tuesday, while Japan and England will meet in the second semifinal on Wednesday.
- Christopher Chavez