Blatter not being backed to stand for FIFA Presidency re-election
Will FIFA have a new President by the time that the 2018 World Cup comes around. If a change at the top comes, then it will come long before that, and recent market activity at online betting site Betfair has suggested that current FIFA President Sepp Blatter is ready to step away from the biggest job in world football.
Four terms in as FIFA President, and Sepp Blatter may not be back for more. Heavy recent activity at Betfair forced the betting site to suspend their betting market of ‘Sepp Blatter to step down or be ousted by 31st Dec 2015’ this week.
Submission of interest for the FIFA Presidency has to be announced by January 29th this year, and it is becoming increasingly cryptic, even from his own words, as to whether or not Blatter would be putting himself back in the race to fight for another term in office.
Blatter has been coming under heavy pressure to step aside, and has seen his organisation come under some heavy fire from scandals such as World Cup voting and management. He is one of the most polarising figures in world football, and it is looking increasingly likely that the majority of football fans will get their way with him not being in office for a fifth term.
Blatter’s position has been massively weakened by the announcement from the strongest candidate yet, Prince Ali, that he is going to be running for Presidency. Prince Ali has the full backing of UEFA, with UEFA President Michel Platini promising the Jordanian, that he would be rallying up as many votes from Europe for him as possible in the FIFA Presidency voting.
So that has really damaged Blatter’s chances, and it looks increasingly likely that there will indeed be a change at the top. The question remains though, will Blatter walk away or will he get the push in the polls?
Mike Bowers, Trader at Betfair commented: “We have been monitoring the discussion and predictions for the FIFA presidential election with a keen interest. In light of recent activity we’ve had to suspend betting. It’s looking all the more certain that Blatter will not stand for re-election … a development that would rock the footballing world”.