19 Jun 2013

Blatter urged to extend presidency

8:43 am on 19 June 2013

The chances of FIFA's president Sepp Blatter remaining in office after 2015 have increased dramatically with FIFA's secretary-general Jerome Valcke urging him to stay in the job.

Valcke was asked if he would be standing for the top job, and after laughing off that suggestion by saying he had a World Cup to organise, he said Blatter should change his mind about stepping down.

The 77-year-old Swiss has been president since 1998 and was given a four-year mandate in 2011, saying then he intended to leave the post at the end of it.

But in January he dropped the first hints about staying on, and Valcke's public announcement is the strongest indication yet that he will.

Blatter's main rival for the position appears to be UEFA president Michel Platini, but the Frenchman has been guarded about his future plans.