Niersbach – ‘Blatter is 79, he won’t change’

Sepp Blatter is too old to change his ways and won’t be able to restore faith in Fifa after his re-election as president on Friday, according to DFB chief Wolfgang Niersbach.

The 79-year-old will serve a fifth term as the head of football’s  governing body following his victory over Prince Ali of Jordan, who stood down after being out voted 133 to 73 in the first round of the election.

But faith in Blatter and the organisation is at an all-time low after Fifa were implicated in two serious criminal investigations this week

Niersbach said: “After the events of the last week you could feel there was a headwind for Blatter, but in the end it was not strong enough to bring the change we wanted.

“Inside Uefa there was the feeling that Prince Ali had a chance.

“I don’t believe Blatter will change. At 79-years-old you have grown your style. My biggest concern is that it will not be possible to keep things calm. We need a strong Fifa but that is incredibly hard.”

On Wednesday, US authorities arrested seven Fifa officials in Zurich, while a further 14 were indicted on suspicion of corruption and bribery.

A separate investigation launched by Swiss officials will investigate the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Source: GOAL