FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted that Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) leader Jeffrey Webb could succeed him in the top job in world football.
BBC Sport reports that Blatter was wrong introduced by a local media officer as “FIFA’s vice-president” at the opening of a CONCACAF sport summit. In response, Blatter said: “I think you’re a prophet. (There may be) a new FIFA president in the near future and this president could be Jeffrey Webb.” He added: “This would not mean I would be vice-president. Once you have been a horse you don’t go back to the stable.”
Blatter had pledged to step down from the FIFA presidency when he secured re-election in June 2011. The Swiss was elected president of FIFA in 1998, but the 77-year-old has dropped repeated hints in recent months that he may reverse the decision when his current term ends in 2015. BBC Sport, citing sources close to FIFA, said Blatter’s latest comments should not be taken as a decision that he will not stand as a candidate in the next election, scheduled for May 2015, and that all options are still open to him.
Speaking last month, UEFA president Michel Platini revealed he won’t make a decision over whether to run for the FIFA presidency before the 2014 World Cup, stating it would be “egotistical” of him to create a race for the position. Platini had earlier claimed that a decision on whether to run for the top job at FIFA in 2015 will be made without considering the plans of current incumbent Blatter.