Blatter confident of Spain solution

The Fifa boss downplays threats to expel Spain from Euro 2008.

    Blatter "can't imagine Euros without Spain"
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    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said he is confident a solution can be found to end the row over the Spanish government's alleged interference in the running of its national football association.

    Speaking after a Fifa executive committee meeting, Blatter said he could not imagine Euro 2008 taking place in June without Spain but added world football's governing body could still be forced to take action.

    Last month the Fifa president had said Spain could face international suspension if their government continued to insist on early elections within the football association.

    But on Friday he backpedalled.

    "It was not a threat and it was not pressure," Blatter said.

    "I was simply explaining the situation.

    "If the government continues its attempt to harm the federation and its statutes we will have no alternative but to intervene. But I am sure this will not happen."

    The Spanish government has ordered all sporting associations not involved in this year's Olympic Games to hold elections in the first quarter of the year.

    Fifa said this amounted to political interference in the running of the Spanish football association which was not due to hold its electoral congress until November.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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