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Thursday, 24 October, 2002, 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK
Blatter to stand down
Sepp Blatter will leave his role as FIFA president in 2006
Blatter will say goodbye to football politics in 2006
Sepp Blatter has announced that he will stand down from his role as Fifa president in 2006.

Blatter said that he would leave at the end of his second four-year term as the head of football's world governing body.

"I have said I am in the second half of the football game," Blatter told Sport Business magazine.

"I am now in the second term and at the end of it I will be 70 years old. I think it will be the correct time then to leave the organisation."

Blatter was re-elected as president in May beating Cameroon's Issa Hayatou, despite accusations of financial mismanagement and corruption.

He said he would begin considering a suitable replacement in 2004, the year in which Fifa celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Blatter added: "Let me go first to the 2004 centenary festivities and then at that time I will be able to foresee who should or could be in such a position."

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