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Blatter hints at staying as FIFA president

May 3, 2013
By ESPN staff

Sepp Blatter again indicated that he plans to stand for another four-year term as president of FIFA when he spoke to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Kuala Lumpur this week.

Sepp Blatter
AssociatedSepp Blatter's presidency may not end in 2015

Blatter, 77, has two years of his fourth term of office remaining, but indicated that he did not want to leave when they had expired.

After talking about reforms to world football's governing body, brought in amid a series of corruption scandals, the Swiss said: "This will be the last term of... not of office, the last term of the reform."

He said the reform period would come to an end in 2015, but declined reporters' requests to elaborate on his intentions for his presidency.

Blatter's comments add to the uncertainty surrounding what had, until recent weeks, seemed to be a certain end to his spell in charge in 2015.

Having initially said he would stand down then, he then told reporters in March that he would only do so if he could find somebody able to carry on his legacy. UEFA president Michel Platini had been tipped to replace him.

Blatter spoke to the AFC after the election of Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain of Bahrain as its president on Thursday.

"He has always been a supporter of Asian football, and if he can fulfil and continue as a president, of course I'll support him," Al Khalifa said.