Blatter refuses to quit after emergency FIFA meeting

UEFA rules out boycotting Friday's presidential elections despite arrest of seven high-ranking FIFA officials.

    Blatter is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president [Getty Images]
    Blatter is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president [Getty Images]

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter has refsued to quit after chairing an emergency meeting with representatives from FIFA's six confederations.

    The meeting took place following the wave of arrests of football officials including a FIFA vice-president in Zurich on Wednesday.

    Blatter's public absence

    The FIFA emergency committee rarely meets and two of its nominated members Jeffrey Webb, the president of CONCACAF and Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay, the South American confederation president, were not present as they were among those detained on Wednesday.

    A FIFA representative said: "There was a meeting today with the president and the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation."

    The rare meeting of the emergency committee comes one day before FIFA's Congress is due to elect a new president and Blatter, seeking a fifth term of office is resisting calls from European football governing body.

    UEFA confirmed that it will not boycott the elections.

    Some football figures, including the English FA Chairman Greg Dyke, want the elections to go ahead as he believes Prince Ali will now be able to beat Blatter.

    Blatter has also not been seen in public since the latest corruption crisis began early on Wednesday morning.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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