Sepp Blatter could stand for re-election as Fifa president


Sepp Blatter could be open to the possibility of standing for re-election as Fifa president, the BBC understands.
The 79-year-old said he was standing down as the head of world football’s governing body less than two weeks ago, just four days into his fifth term.
A new president was expected to be elected, probably in mid-December.
But a source close to Blatter has told the BBC the Swiss could make an audacious bid to stay on if no suitable alternative candidate emerges.
“Everything is open,” said the source.
Blatter will hold meetings over the coming days when he will gauge whether he still retains enough support to seek an astonishing sixth term as president.
Fifa has officially referred inquiries over Blatter’s intentions to his resignation speech on 2 July, in which he promised to start work on new reforms and said “I shall not be a candidate” in the next election.
However, in 2011 Blatter also claimed his fourth term would be his last, only to renege on the pledge. It is now possible he could attempt a similar, but even more controversial U-turn.
Any attempt by Blatter to cling to power will be met with fierce opposition in the wake of the FBI-led corruption investigation that has plunged Fifa into turmoil and seen the arrest of several senior football officials.
Many critics have demanded that Blatter steps down immediately, rather than wait until an extraordinary meeting of the Fifa Congress in the winter. BBC