FIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed that, should he win re-election against the challenge of Mohamed bin Hammam in June, his next four-year team will be his last in charge of world football's governing body. The 75 year-old has already been in office for three consecutive terms and is only the eighth president in the history of the organisation, which to many critics is an indication of endemic corruption. Presumably, Blatter wants to calm that sort of chatter down - he was quoted in the Guardian today in an address to the UEFA congress in Paris as saying that he will definitely be leaving within the next five years:
You know very well that I am a candidate for the next four years as Fifa president but these will be the last four years for which I stand as a candidate.
Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started. We want to ensure a better future for our youth.
There is, of course, a reasonable chance that he'll leave in June anyway, as bin Hammam appears to be building a head of steam and Blatter isn't the most popular man in the world. Either way, assuming we can take him at his word, look forward to a world in which Sepp Blatter is an irrelevance sooner than later.