Sepp Blatter resigned

Blatterin trouble

Ex FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter is considering staying on as FIFA president despite his resignation in early June, according to Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag.

The paper quoted an unnamed source close to Blatter as saying he “had received messages of support from African and Asian football associations” asking him to rethink his decision to step down.

Former FIFA governance adviser Michael Hershman had told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap earlier this month that he was also uncertain that Blatter would walk away.

In the wake of rumours sparked by unattributed comments to a Swiss newspaper, believed to come from the 74-year-old Zurich-based communications consultant Klaus Stöhlker, Fifa said Blatter stood by the statement he made on the day he promised to quit.

“Klaus Stöhlker’s mandate from the Fifa president ended on 31 May 2015. The Fifa president would like to point to his remarks from 2 June,” it said. In that statement, Blatter said he would continue until a fresh election is held between December and February next year.

A Fifa executive committee meeting on 20 July will set the exact date but Blatter was clear in his intention to “lay down my mandate” and stated: “I shall not be a candidate”.