FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not stand for re-election later this year

(CNN)FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not stand for re-election later this year, a spokesperson for football’s world governing body told CNN on Friday.

There has been speculation the 79-year-old may try to hang on to the most powerful role in world football after Friday’s edition of Swiss newspaper Blick quoted Blatter as saying “I have not resigned.”

On June 2, just four days after his re-election, Blatter announced he would “lay down” his mandate as a corruption scandal engulfed FIFA.

Asked by CNN whether the Swiss administrator would be a candidate when new presidential elections are held, the FIFA spokesperson replied: “No — he will not be.”

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