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Blatter faces tough crowd at UEFA meeting

23 March 2015, 12:17

VIENNA — FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces his toughest audience this week in his campaign to be re-elected.

Blatter arrives Monday for the annual congress of UEFA, whose leaders are supporting all three of his election opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands.

The 79-year-old Blatter was stung when he last went on UEFA turf, in Sao Paulo last June.

Also read: Blatter says Russia World Cup can ease tensions

Then, Blatter described the verbal dressing down he got as "the most disrespectful thing I have experienced in my entire life."

UEFA has its own election business Tuesday. The 54 member federations will re-elect their own president, Michel Platini, unopposed.

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