Blatter, Zen Ruffinen call uneasy truce

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter and FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen declared an uneasy 48-hour truce on Sunday.

Blatter, Zen Ruffinen call uneasy truce

Seoul:

Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man who has accused him of possible corruption - FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen - declared an uneasy 48-hour truce on Sunday. The two antagonists agreed to keep their bitter battle out of the public spotlight until the special FIFA Congress on Tuesday here to discuss the finances of football's world governing body. The deal was struck only minutes before an angry and at times explosive executive committee meeting to prepare the programme for Tuesday's congress. "We both agreed we would make no public comments before the congress," said Zen-Ruffinen. Blatter is standing for re-election at the normal FIFA Congress on Wednesday in the Korean capital but the result of Tuesday's congress is expected to prove vital if the 66-year-old is to serve another four years. He is being opposed by FIFA vice president and president of the African Football Federation (CAF), Issa Hayatou. Blatter is fighting for his political life after Zen-Ruffinen delivered the most explosive document ever submitted to a FIFA ruling executive committee earlier this month in Zurich. (PTI)

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