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SBD Global/October 23, 2013/International Football

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Says CONCACAF's Jeffrey Webb Could Succeed Him

Sepp Blatter insinuated Tuesday his time as FIFA president may be limited.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter "has indicated he could be replaced 'in the near furture'" by CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. The comments to a football conference in the Caribbean "are another hint that Blatter does not want UEFA President Michel Platini to succeed him as head of football's world governing body." Blatter, 77, "has led the Zurich-based organisation since 1998." Speaking "off-the-cuff" before a speech to mark the opening of a CONCACAF sport summit, Blatter said that there may be a new FIFA president in "the near future" and the next president "could be Jeffrey Webb." Sources said that the comments "should not be taken as a decision by Blatter that he will not stand as a candidate in the next election, scheduled for May 2015, and that all options are still open to him" (BBC, 10/22). The AFP reported Webb "ruled out any bid to replace" Batter in '15. He said, "That is not my intention or my objectives at this time. My focus is currently on CONCACAF" (AFP, 10/22).
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