FIFA vote to be held Feb 26; Blatter defies calls to go now

FIFA vote to be held Feb 26; Blatter defies calls to go now
# 21 July 2015 04:55 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Sepp Blatter had a good day at the office on Monday, even if a prankster tried to spoil it by showering the FIFA president with fake dollar bills at a news conference, APA reports quoting Associated Press.

Nothing could spoil Blatter's day after he outwitted some of his FIFA opponents to earn precious extra time as their president and enjoy more such days in 2016.

Mastering FIFA politics yet again, amid calls to step down immediately, Blatter is set to stay atop world soccer for seven more months after FIFA agreed Monday on a Feb. 26 election to replace him.

Blatter was in such a good and defiant mood that he quickly shrugged off a chaotic start to his first major public appearance since a stunning resignation statement last month.

A British comedian who gatecrashed the news conference at FIFA's headquarters threw the fake bills in the air after making a spoof statement about supporting North Korea to host the 2026 World Cup.

The image of Blatter cowering under a spray of money was powerful amid ongoing American and Swiss federal investigations of FIFA corruption, yet he regained his poise.

"I just called my late mother," he quipped on returning to the room minutes later, "and she said, 'Don't worry, it's just a lack of education.'"

Still, it made for an uneasy start with international networks and FIFA's own YouTube channel broadcasting the news conference live.

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