After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer's governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: ''Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.''

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday's meeting with Saudi Arabia's federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was ''invalid.''

FIFA's World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.

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