MILAN - Sepp Blatter, the president of Fifa since 1998, will seek to stay in charge of soccer's world governing body after 2011 because of the raft of new initiatives he wants to push through.
"I have not finished my mission in soccer, I need more time. I hope that in 2011 the Fifa congress has further faith in me, otherwise I will go back to my village," the 73-year-old Swiss told Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday.
His ideas include extra officials to monitor the penalty box in the Europa League and his 6+5 plan to increase the number of homegrown players at clubs, which is opposed by the European Commission.
The late decision to use seedings for the European World Cup playoffs was widely criticised and Blatter acknowledged the situation could have been handled better. - Reuters