Blatter could remain FIFA head if suitable candidate not found

Sepp Blatter could go back on his promise to stand down despite ongoing corruption allegations around Fifa.

Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, shocked the world on 2 June 2015 following the announcement that he will step down from his post. Picture: Fifa YouTube Channel.

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter could go back on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, even as U.S. prosecutors revealed a plea deal with a past FIFA executive who told investigators about bribes and kickbacks.

Klaus Stoehlker, who advised Blatter during this year's FIFA election campaign, told Sky News that Blatter could remain head of world football's governing body if a "convincing candidate" to replace him did not emerge.

FIFA said in a statement that Stoehlker, who was in a meeting when contacted by Reuters and unable to comment, was no longer working with Blatter.

Blatter said on 2 June that he would step down as FIFA president.

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Also on Monday, US prosecutors revealed their plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, showing that the former FIFA executive committee member secretly provided authorities with information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt in court in November 2013.

Blazer was the former general secretary of CONCACAF, football's governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean and a FIFA executive.

FIFA underwent yet another blow to its prestige on Monday when the Nobel Peace Center said it was ending its cooperation with the governing body.

As the international probe intensified, pressure mounted at the Swiss body to stabilise its leadership. But Blatter has changed his mind in the past.

In 2011, he said his fourth mandate would be his last but he stood again this year.

A Swiss newspaper on Sunday, the Schweiz am Sonntag, reported that Blatter had received messages of support from African and Asian football associations, asking him to rethink his decision to step down. Blatter was honoured by the support and had not ruled out remaining in office, the newspaper reported, citing an anonymous source close to him.

Africa's football confederation (CAF) said on Monday that it had not heard of any of its members asking Blatter to stay on.

"At CAF level we are not aware of any African countries who have written to ask Blatter to stay on," Kalusha Bwalya, a CAF executive committee member and president of theFootball Association of Zambia, told Reuters.

English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke does not think Blatter will have a change of heart.

"I think it (a U-turn) is extremely unlikely. I think it would be very controversial. There would be a rebellion amongst a lot of people (if he did)," Dyke told Reuters.

Insiders at the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) told Reuters that European football's governing body was left perplexed by the reports that Blatter would stand again and that the plot would be too outrageous even for a Hollywood script.

Officially, European football's governing body did not want to comment, but the German football association (DFB) called on Blatter, who is staying on until the election, to leave quickly.

"We only know the media reports which strengthen our clear position," spokesman Ralf Koettker told reporters.

"Blatter's announced resignation must be formally completed as soon as possible."

Domenico Scala, the official overseeing the process of choosing a new president, said that Blatter's departure was an "indispensable" part of planned reforms to football's governing body.