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SBD Global/August 30, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

FIFA President Opposes Age Limit For FIFA Officials

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is against age restrictions for officials in football's governing body "although he would be prepared to accept a limit on the length of time they can hold office," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The 76-year-old Swiss said that he was also "opposed to standing areas in football stadiums, placing him on a collision course with both the Bundesliga and the national league in his homeland." Blatter said, "Capabilities have nothing to do with age. There are 70-year-olds who are young in the head." A draft revision of FIFA's statues includes a proposal to "impose an age limit of 72 on officials at the time they are elected." It would also limit the FIFA president to two four-year mandates and the exec committee member to three four-year mandates. Blatter said that he "remained unconvinced by the popularity of standing areas in Germany's Bundesliga." Blatter said, "In Colombia, the stadiums were rebuilt because of the world under-20 championship. Now families can go to matches. It is going really well. Everyone sits down and that is good, it's good for the safety" (REUTERS, 8/29).
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