Blatter gives huge hint he'll run for office again
By Brian Homewood
BERNE (Reuters) - - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stand for a fifth term, telling Swiss public radio he would not say no if member associations asked him to stand.
"I'm in good health and I don't see why I should now think about stopping the work, about the consolidation of FIFA," Blatter, told French-language station RTS in an interview on Friday.
"If the member associations ask me to be a candidate, I would not say no" said the Swiss who has been president since 1998.
"There are lots of people who say it's necessary to carry on, the continuation is necessary, it's not necessary to stop," he added.
The next FIFA presidential election is in 2015. Each of FIFA's 209 member associations holds one vote.
Blatter, who will be 78 in March, was elected unopposed for a fourth term in 2011 after his rival Mohamed Bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy after being accused of offering cash for votes. Bin Hammam was later banned for life.
Blatter initially said it would be his final term but since then has continually hinted at a change of mind. Continued...