Blatter to 'abandon football' when term ends

Blatter to 'abandon football' when term ends
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ZURICH - In midst of one of the biggest scandals in the world of sports, suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter has one wish in mind: getting his job back.

In the forced days off, something that he is not pleasant about, he spoke to The Nikkei of his responsibility in failing to reform the powerful executive committee, and also of his confidence about not being arrested or charged for any wrongdoing. And with the next FIFA presidential election coming in February next year, Blatter revealed that he will leave the world of football after his successor is chosen.

Blatter, who was provisionally suspended from his job for 90 days in October, was in the hospital for a few days in November. He is now improving and said, "By Christmas, I will be in full shape again." He faces FIFA ethics committee hearings next week and is preparing for the committee's final decision, expected to come by the end of the year.

Even if the ethics committee allowed him to return to his job, he would only have about two months before the next presidential election. So why bother? "At least I can prepare the congress and I can go out of FIFA at the time when I am still the leader of the congress, because I am still the president of FIFA." Blatter hopes to leave FIFA in peace, he said.

But pressure is still on him, as Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings against the embattled president. He denies any wrongdoing.

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