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FIFA: Sepp Blatter to miss Manchester event

The Soccerex Global Convention at Manchester's GMEX from 6-10 September will be missing one of it's key note speakers - in person at any rate. FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not be there after all. This despite being offered two speaking slots at Soccerex. Reports suggest his advisors believed a hostile British press could do his Presidential re-election chances more harm than good.

The 78-year-old was due to deliver a formal address to Soccerex delegates and also scheduled for a one-to-one interview with Jeff Powell of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.

But FIFA said in the week that other work commitments would prevent Blatter from attending Soccerex.

“Due to important meetings in the week beginning 8 September in Zurich, including the Task Force for the International Match Calendar and the 2014 FIFA World Cup debriefs, the FIFA president regrets that he is no longer able to personally attend this year’s Soccerex,” he said.

Instead, Blatter will do a pre-recorded interview at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, which will be shown to delegates at Soccerex.

Blatter is not the only top official scheduled to speak and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb will definitely speak at the event.. He will address the changes at CONCACAF since his election in 2012 when he took over from his predecessor Jack Warner, who left FIFA mired in a corruption scandal.

 Webb, a FIFA vice president, also heads FIFA’s anti racism task force and will also talk about FIFA’s fight against discrimination in football in discussion with panel chairman and former English FA executive director, David Davies.

FIFA vice presidents Jim Boyce and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and another four FIFA ExCo members are also scheduled to attend the Soccerex conference.

 Full conference programme here http://­mysoccerex.­com/­GC14Con­fe­ren­ceP­rog­ramme.­pdf


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