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SBD Global/June 11, 2014/International Football
European Football Leaders Call On FIFA President Sepp Blatter To Stand Down
Published June 11, 2014
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BLATTER'S U-TURN: In London, Ian Herbert reported Dyke's "extraordinary challenge" to Blatter came after he told UEFA that he was considering standing for another term in office next year, "contrary to his previous promise to leave." Blatter: "I changed my mind." He "received no support" from any member of UEFA's "powerful executive committee" and "did not receive the customary standing ovation after his speech, in which Blatter said he had to take responsibility for all the bad publicity surrounding football's governing body" (INDEPENDENT, 6/10). REUTERS' Mike Collett reported after the meeting, former UEFA President Lennart Johansson, who lost a FIFA presidential election to Blatter in '98, said, "It is time he went. He has done some good things for football and FIFA but 16 years is enough." Asked if UEFA was the only confederation who would like to see him go, UEFA exec committee member Karen Espelund, of Norway, said, "We will see, he has had some clear messages today and there is still a year to go" (REUTERS, 6/10). The AP reported Gill labelled Blatter’s decision to commit a U-turn on his '11 pledge to stand down in '15 as “disappointing.” Asked if he thought Blatter should step down next year, he added, “Personally yes, I think we need to move on. I think we need a full, frank and open debate about what FIFA needs going forward” (AP, 6/10).