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FIFA leaders expected to choose date for presidential election this week

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Sepp Blatter, FIFA president


Sepp Blatter’s days in the office as president of FIFA are numbered — that we know.

What we don’t know, however, is the exact number of days the 79-year-old has left in the office he’s held for 17 years.

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That should change this week, though, as FIFA leaders who this weekend returned to the scene of the crime — Zurich, Switzerland, where nine of their FIFA brethren were arrested on a multitude of corruption charges in May. Upon their return to FIFA headquarters, football’s world governing body’s leaders are expected to meet and announce on Monday an election date to choose Blatter’s successor.

It will be the FIFA’s first meeting since Blatter, newly re-elected at the time, announced on June 2 that he would at some point resign as president amid the legal scandal currently engulfing both him and his beloved organization.

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According to a report by the AP, some around FIFA’s executive table want Blatter gone sooner — ideally on Monday — though in more recent times, Blatter has backtracked and hinted he may not resign after all, as he still feels he is the right man to reform FIFA.

Blatter is expected to deliver FIFA’s latest news, including a potential re-election date, to the world on Monday afternoon.

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