Sepp Blatter may not leave FIFA after all

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After sending in his letter of resignation on June 2, maligned FIFA president Sepp Blatter may be sticking around after all.

Among several faults, Blatter's unprecedented five terms as president have been marked by sexism, homophobia, bribery and corruption. His de-throning has been anticipated for some time, though the most in-the-know soccer sources have doubted he'll willingly step down -- even after his resignation.

According to Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag, those fears may well come to light. The report indicates that Blatter has received support from Asian and African soccer committees, urging him to remain in his position of power, and the 79-year-old may not resign after all.

Blatter won re-election while essentially running unopposed on May 29, but was later urged to resign after continued backlash from both the sporting and political worlds. His original course of action was to remain in charge until FIFA organized a new election, which wouldn't take place until about December. But it appears Blatter may be around much longer than that.

There had been rumblings of Blatter's empty resignation promise as early as June 5, when ESPN's Jeremy Schaap tweeted skeptical comments from FIFA governance adviser Michael Hershman:

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Like the entirety of his reign as the administration's head, what seemed to be a step in the right direction for FIFA earlier this month may well have been a sham.

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