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FIFA Corruption Inquiry: Sepp Blatter Defies Calls to Quit

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem. Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich where six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
In this May 19, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem. Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich where six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

(BBC) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told an emergency meeting of football’s governing body he will not quit, amid growing political pressure over a corruption scandal.

Seven top FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday, among 14 people indicted by US prosecutors.

UK PM David Cameron urged Blatter to resign but Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed him for a fifth term.

Fifa’s congress has opened. The vote for president will go ahead on Friday.

Michel Platini, the head of UEFA, the European football governing body, had asked Blatter to resign after the crisis talks in Zurich, which involved heads of the six international confederations. The president refused.

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