Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected calls from the European Parliament for him to stand down immediately, a FIFA spokesman said on Thursday.

Blatter, who resigned last week despite being re-elected as head of football’s world governing body, intends to continue in office until a successor is designated, probably by the end of the year.

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“FIFA is perplexed by the European Parliament?s resolution,” the spokesman said.

“As is well known, following his re-election, the FIFA President already decided, owing to the special circumstances in which FIFA finds itself, to lay down his mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress.”

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The European Parliament had earlier called on Blatter to step down immediately and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in global football’s governing body.

In a show of hands, members of parliament overwhelmingly voted for the resolution during a plenary session in Strasbourg, France.

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The FIFA spokseman added: “The President is focused on ensuring that at this Congress, which he is demanding, imperative reforms are passed and a new President elected.”

The date for the congress will be set at an executive committee meeting in July.


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