FIFA extends Blatter's term

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

FIFA delegates voted unanimously to extend Sepp Blatter's presidential term from four to five years.

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FIFA delegates voted unanimously to extend Sepp Blatter's presidential term from four to five years, approve a four-year budget, and allow players under 21 with dual nationality to choose one country. The 204 delegates, representing all of FIFA's member states at an extraordinary congress of football's international governing body, accepted the proposal to extend Blatter's presidential term with a rousing round of applause. Blatter insisted that a vote still be called to formalise the extension, which was passed unanimously. "This is not just a present for me but a confirmation that the job we are doing at the helm of FIFA is accepted," Blatter said after the move was passed. Blatter's original four-year term was set to end in 2006, but if the amendment is ratified he will serve until 2007. He sought the extension to avoid having elections for the president fall in the same year as the World Cup, which is being hosted by Germany in 2006. (AP)

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