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03.04.2007 General News

No Challenger For Blatter

Sepp Blatter will be returned unopposed for a third term as President of football's world-governing body, FIFA.

No other candidate was put forward to challenge the 71-year-old, who was elected to office in June 1998 and will now serve through to 2011.

FIFA confirmed that 66 member associations out of 207 from all six confederations had nominated Blatter, who will be sworn in on May 31.

Blatter said: "I wish to thank all of the associations who have demonstrated their trust in me this way."

Blatter beat UEFA president, Lennart Johansson, to the FIFA presidency in 1998 and four years later saw off the challenge of CAF president, Issa Hayatou, after a bitter election battle.

Swiss-born Blatter promised: "During my third period of office, football will acquire a more pronounced and extensive social role.

"Over the past nine years I have managed to overcome a range of difficulties and bring about several improvements, thanks to the help and support of members of the global football family."

Source — BBC