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Report: Sepp Blatter will not attend Women’s World Cup final


FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures as he speaks during a press conference on May 30, 2015 in Zurich after being re-elected during the FIFA Congress. Blatter said he was “shocked” at the way the US judiciary has targeted football’s world body and slammed what he called a “hate” campaign by Europe’s football leaders. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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An American lawyer for FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the embattled politician will not attend the Women’s World Cup final in Canada this Sunday.

Blatter’s potential attendance had not been ruled out despite his being under investigation by the FBI in the ongoing FIFA scandal, but his lawyer says personal reasons will keep him away.

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With respect to the fact that those personal reasons could be quite serious, we’ll abstain from making too many jokes. For example, a really good personal reason not to go to North America is that he could personally be escorted into FBI custody for questioning.

From Reuters:

“He’s not going to go to the finals in Canada,” said the lawyer, Richard Cullen. “He has informed the organizers of that and cited personal reasons.”

Cullen said that FIFA Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou of Cameroon would preside at the trophy ceremony after the final in Vancouver instead.

This will be the first time Blatter has not presented the trophy to the winners of the women’s competition, which is held every four years, since he became FIFA president in 1998.

It’s just another nod to how far Blatter has fallen. An incredibly-confident man who branded himself the “Godfather of women’s football” certainly won’t relish sitting this one out.

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