March 3, 2015 / 9:57 PM / in 3 years

CONMEBOL to support Blatter in FIFA election, says source

ASUNCION (Reuters) - The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) will support Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president in May, a CONMEBOL source told Reuters on Tuesday.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at Hotel Bourbon in Luque March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

Blatter, who has headed FIFA since 1998, flew into Asuncion on Tuesday to attend CONMEBOL’s congress that will hand its president, Paraguayan Juan Angel Napout, another four-year term.

The source, who asked not to be named, was at CONMEBOL’s executive committee meeting on Tuesday where South America gave Blatter their support as he seeks a fifth term in office.

The Swiss is running against Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal great Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who are all expected at the congress.

Reporting by Daniela Desantis; Writing by Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires; editing by Ken Ferris

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