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Come at the king: Sepp Blatter challenges FIFA presidential rivals

Sepp Blatter

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, speaks during a press conference in Ulrichen, Switzerland, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Blatter has challenged his critics to “take the risk” and stand for election against him next year. He did not identify potential rivals in the ballot scheduled in May, though he appeared to target UEFA President Michel Platini. (AP Photo/Keystone, Anthony Anex)

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What? You think you can beat Sepp Blatter in a FIFA election?

You come at the king, you best not miss.

The FIFA president brushed aside the concept of anyone usurping his post via vote in a “Bring it on” moment that sounded about as intense as Blatter, 79, could sound.

From the Associated Press’ Graham Dunbar:

“Don’t speak - go out and fight, then you will see,” Blatter told reporters Saturday at his annual charity football tournament. “People, they say I should not be a candidate or I should not be elected - they can take the risk to be in the election.”

I hope he put a cap on backwards and posed with his arms crossed upon completion of that quote.

FIFA’s presidential election will go down in 2015, with UEFA boss Michael Platini amongst those expected to make a run at the seat. Blatter had previously said he would step down in 2015, and it’s not something Platini and others are willing to let him forget as they beg for change atop FIFA.

Yet Blatter is expected to put his name in the mixer again:

“Now I say (to) other people, if they want to take the risk, then take the risk,” Blatter said. “That is good. And I am happy to fight. But if you take the risk you also have the chance to lose.”

Tell me true: Did you read those Blatter quotes and hear them as, “Don’t you know how much money I have access to? You know about the bribes, right? Are you not entertained?”

His parting quote in the AP article is particularly tough:

“If I would not be criticized, I would have no value,” he said.

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