Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will be seeking a fifth term as FIFA president despite earlier suggestions that he will stand down from the coveted position.
Mr. Blatter who is now 78 years old, has been FIFA president since 1998 when he succeeded Brazilian football administrator, Joao Havelange, who also had a long reign over the world football governing body for a period spanning from 1974 to 1998.
As reported in the UK Guardian, Mr. Blatter said he would officially inform the FIFA executive committee of his plan at the next meeting, on 25 and 26 September.
The Frenchman said in a video interview played at the Soccerex conference in Manchester: “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.’”
Mr. Blatter claimed the backing of the majority of the national associations at the FIFA congress in São Paulo in June had convinced him to keep going.
He added: “You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished. Then I got through the last congress in São Paulo not only the impression but the support of the majority, a huge majority of national associations asking: ‘Please go on, be our president also in future.’ ”
The election will take place at the FIFA congress next May.
Mr. Blatter’s reign as FIFA president has had its ups and downs amongst which is the bribery scandal over the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.