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Sepp Blatter "will fight until the last moment" to maintain his legacy, his confidant says

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 01:18

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter's confidant Klaus Stoehlker says the soccer boss is a fighter who believes he remains the organisation's leader.

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= includes white flash = SHOWS: ZOLLIKON, SWITZERLAND (NOVEMBER 12, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEPP BLATTER'S CONFIDANT, KLAUS STOEHLKER, SAYING: "He is a fighter and he will fight until the last moment. He will fight for two things finally: that FIFA is choosing a successor who goes on fulfilling his plans by developing FIFA globally to support all these activities he has started - women's football and many other things at football - and there I think he wants a new candidate, a new president going in, doing it the same way; and the second is his legacy, he is fighting for his legacy, I think there is a 40 years history behind and football today is a business of 300 billion U.S. dollars and with 1.6 billion fans - that's more than Facebook - and I think he has a legacy and he has started to build it up" 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STOEHLKER SAYING: "He is the president, he says and he is deeply convinced. He is elected by the Congress, by the 209 members of the Congress and that's why he says 'there is no commission who can suspend me because I am the elected president, it's a democratic decision to elect a president and only another democratic decision can take another choice'" STORY: Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter is a fighter who wants his legacy maintained, his confidant and former publicist Klaus Stoehlker said on Thursday (November 12). Blatter was suspended in October for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee pending a full investigation into his conduct. Under the terms of the suspension Blatter, 79, who has been the FIFA president since 1998, is not allowed into the headquarters or any football stadium in an official capacity. Blatter won a fifth election mandate in May just after the graft scandal erupted with police raids on a hotel used by top FIFA officials. Four days later, as pressure mounted, he called a new Congress, in Zurich in February, to choose his successor. Stoehlker said: "He is a fighter and he will fight until the last moment. He will fight for two things finally: that FIFA is choosing a successor who goes on fulfilling his plans by developing FIFA globally to support all these activities he has started - women's football and many other things at football - and there I think he wants a new candidate, a new president going in, doing it the same way; and the second is his legacy, he is fighting for his legacy, I think there is a 40 years history behind and football today is a business of 300 billion U.S. dollars and with 1.6 billion fans - that's more than Facebook - and I think he has a legacy and he has started to build it up." Stoehlker added: "He is the president, he says and he is deeply convinced. He is elected by the Congress, by the 209 members of the Congress and that's why he says 'there is no commission who can suspend me because I am the elected president, it's a democratic decision to elect a president and only another democratic decision can take another choice'."

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Sepp Blatter "will fight until the last moment" to maintain his legacy, his confidant says

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 01:18