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Sepp Blatter still craves heat of the limelight

By Graham Luney

Published 27/06/2015

Missing the spotlight: Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Missing the spotlight: Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter

He hasn't gone away you know. There's plenty of life left in this old dog. Just when you thought Sepp Blatter had left the stage, he's rushed back on, unable to live away from the spotlight. Blatter's lust for power is quite something. The Fifa president just won't accept he has done anything wrong.

He has sparked a fresh wave of speculation when a Swiss newspaper reported him as saying: "I have not resigned, I put my mandate in the hands of an extraordinary congress. Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future."

But the 79-year-old should have stepped down and accepted football's need for a new direction after the disclosure of twin U.S. and Swiss investigations into alleged corruption by Fifa executives and the processes to allocate hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Those led to the arrests of 14 people, including several Fifa officials.

Blatter wasn't named in either probe but a failure to root out corruption in world football's governing body leaves his reputation in tatters. His comments are being viewed by many as an attempt to destabilise his opponents, including the Uefa president, Michel Platini.

Whatever the motivation, it's time he went and football is allowed to clean up it's act across the world.

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