Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blatter to be re-elected FIFA president unopposed

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, will be the only presidential candidate for football's world governing body at the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich on 31 May 2007. By the 31 March deadline for submitting candidatures, provided for in art. 24 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, no other candidates put their names forward. Only the member associations of FIFA may propose candidates for the office of president. No fewer than 66 associations from all six confederations nominated Blatter for a third mandate at the helm of FIFA. Having announced his readiness to stand for a further period of office at the last Congress in Munich in June 2006, Blatter was pleased with the show of confidence in his presidency. “I wish to thank all of the associations who have demonstrated their trust in me in this way,” he commented.

Blatter was first elected as the eighth President of FIFA at the Congress in Paris on 8 June 1998.

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