23 Mar 2013

Blatter to retire in 2015, maybe

12:56 pm on 23 March 2013

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he won't stand for a fifth term when his current mandate ends in 2015 as long as there is a candidate to replace him who he believes will continue his work to "globalise" football.

The Swiss Blatter, who turned 77 this month, was elected president of soccer's world governing body in 1998 and has consistently refused to rule out standing again in two years as long as his health permits.

Blatter named two possible successors: former France international Michel Platini, who is the president of European governing body UEFA, and Angel Maria Villar, the president of the Spanish federation and a vice president of both UEFA and FIFA.

Blatter says he doesn't know if there is a deal between Villar and Platini on these UEFA and FIFA issues but the elections for the FIFA presidency in 2015 will be open and democratic.