FIFA: Sepp Blatter seeks fifth term, proposes TV referral system


The president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter has confirmed his intention to seek re-election. He will make an official announcement at Fifa’s executive committee meeting between 25-26 September.

He had told delegates at a Uefa congress in March 2011 that he would definitely stand down in 2015 but has now decided against such a move.

“You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished,” said Blatter.

He also announced the willingness of Fifa to try a TV replay system allowing coaches to challenge a referee’s decision while speaking at Manchester’s Soccerex.

The 78-year-old wants coaches to be allowed at least one challenge against a decision per half.

“They have the right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision but only when the game is stopped,” he said.

“Then, there must be a television monitor but by the television company and not by another referee.

“And then the referee and the coach, they will go then to look, and then the referee may change his mind, as it is the case in tennis, for instance.”

The trial could happen as early as next year.

“It can only be done where there is television coverage of all the matches,” added Blatter.

“Or in one Fifa competition, we can try in a youth competition, an Under-20, like next year when we are in New Zealand.”
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