27 Aug 2010

Sepp Blatter set to stay on top of world football for a while yet

5:47 pm on 27 August 2010

Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam has ruled out a bid for the FIFA presidency next year, opening the door for Sepp Blatter to run the world game for another four years.

The 61-year-old Qatari is seen as a successor to the 74-year-old Swiss and one of the few people with the potential to unseat him, but he appears ready to bide his time.

His decision not to run follows a similar move by Michel Platini earlier this year. The Frenchman was also considered a key candidate but he will seek a second term as UEFA president instead.