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In a strange twist Fifa president Sepp Blatter now says he did not resign


 

You couldn't write the script as they say - because nobody would believe it.

The soap opera that is Fifa took another turn yesterday when Sepp Blatter, who was thought to have ended his 17-year reign as President on 2 June amid claims of corruption in world football's governing body now says he didn't resign.

According to Swiss newspaper Blick,  Blatter told a party at a Fifa museum: "I did not resign. I put myself and my office in the hands of the Fifa congress."

Blatter is thought to be considering standing for re-election as president.

Two criminal inves­tiga­tions into alleged Fifa corruption began in the week that Blatter was elected for a fifth term in charge.

Four days after being voted president, Blatter - who is reportedly under investigation in the United States - said: "While I have a mandate from the membership of Fifa, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football.

"Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa president until that election."

However Blatter did not use the words 'resign' or 'resignation'.

Meanwhile, Blatter may not attend the final of the Women's World Cup in Canada because of the twin inves­tiga­tions into Fifa by American and Swiss authorities.

He would normally present the trophy to the winning team, but Fifa will not confirm whether Blatter or secretary general Jerome Valcke will attend.

A Fifa spokesperson said: "In terms of the Fifa president and the Fifa secretary general, their future travel plans will be confirmed in due course."

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