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FIFA chief Sepp Blatter urges critics to fight him at elections

Published on: 10 August 2014
Blatter urges critics to take him on

Sepp Blatter wants his detractors to stand up and take him on in a Fifa presidential election rather than just criticise him, the Fifa president said on Saturday.

"If I were not criticised, I would not have any value," the Swiss, who is in his fourth mandate after first being elected in 1998, told reporters.

"People who say I should not be a candidate or I should not get elected, they can take the risk to be in an election. I took the risk in 1998."

"If you never take the risk, you will never have a chance. But if you take the risk you also have the chance to lose," added Blatter, speaking at the annual football tournament he organises in a small Alpine village in his home canton of Valais.

"Now I say, if (other people) want to take the risk then take the risk. Don't speak, go out and fight, then you will see. That is good. I am happy to fight. I am a fighter."

Blatter's words appeared to be aimed at Uefa president Michel Platini who is seen as a possible rival to Blatter, although the Frenchman has yet to decide whether he will enter the race.

Blatter is seen as almost certain to run for what would be a fifth term in next year's election although he has not made any official announcement.


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  • Dasaintshy says:
    August 10, 2014 01:45 pm
    I know "Mumbi" will come here to troll, let him read this and tell us which part is not true: 10 FACT ABOUT ZAMBIANS 1. All male kids do not circumsize and that makes them "koti boto" in our Ghanaian language. 2. They eat some food popularly known as "shima" and they eat it with cassava leaves. In Ghana they will known as "aponkye" 3. They drink so much so that, a lot of Zambians here in the USA have had their driving liscense suspended, revoked and have done some jail terms. "We call them "sagy3 am" 4. Most of the men have bad body odour and I guess is because of the penis not been circumsized. 5 They like marrying young women for wives, for example, you will see a 56yr old man with a 22 yr old wife. You can guess what these young ladies do behind these old drunkards with other men especially guys from west Africa. 6. Zambian men eat with two hands like baboons and have no table manners when they have their food. They can disgrace you very quick as an African. 7 They eat salt and sugar like there is no tomorrow. Every food they eat must either be sprinkled with salt or sugar. It is because Zambia is a landlocked country with no shores or coastal harbors. Salt and sugar is their white gold. 8.Most Zambian women would prefer to date a guy or marry a man from west Africa because they call them "trophy" when they get one. It means the west African men are more smart, educated and very civilized and we treat them better than their own. 9. "Shimanga" is a name for a girl and " mulumbi and lingashi " are names for boys. These are just examples. Very shinny names. 10. South Africa is "Zambian's America" they struggle to go to South Africa just like the west struggle to go to America. However, the South Africans even hate them so bad and more often, Zambians will tell you they are from "South Africa" . They are shy to say they are Zambians. Next week will about about our brother next door...
  • fish says:
    August 10, 2014 02:12 pm
    @Dasaintshy,please you have flogged Mumbi enough,and his butt is all hurting him.He has therefore asked me to beg you for forgiveness.
  • Navy seal USA says:
    August 10, 2014 03:15 pm
    Dasaintshy,motherfuckers who trol here insulting Ghanaians wish they are Ghanains. The least said about Zambians the better.I have never met any race so stupid and daft. l worked with couple of them in Atlanta here in the USA .Zambians are a disgrace to Africa. l fucked 4 of Zambian women l worked with.They want free dinner and lift.They are cheap
  • Dasaintshy says:
    August 10, 2014 03:15 pm
    @fish, I know my brother, the Mumbi guy loves saying derogatory stuff about Ghanaians, meanwhile we are way better than Zambians in everything. From education, beauty, language, accent, physical appearance, our teeth and everything, you mention it, "which Zambian has ever become a UN Secretary General? So you know,that guy must shut the f**k up ... He doesn't make any sense!
  • fish says:
    August 10, 2014 04:14 pm
    @Dasaintshy In fact ,virtually the whole world is envious of us.Even the black Americans and Jamaicans at our jobs do give us problems.What about officiating at Fifa world cup for our national teams?.Your guess is as good as mine.