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Blatter ready to change, says Rummenigge

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 6:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is “ready to change”, according to the man who represents more than 200 of Europe’s leading football clubs.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who leads the European Club Association (ECA), says the head of football’s world governing body has been stung by criticism.

The 59-year-old former West Germany international striker also believes Fifa is changing “in a good way”.

Blatter, 79, is seeking a fifth consecutive term as Fifa president.

He is the favourite to triumph over three rival candidates – Luis Figo, Michael van Praag and Prince Ali of Jordan – in this year’s presidential election.

“In discussions we’ve had I always had the impression he [Blatter] was a bit upset about the fact he is criticised by the media as a whole,” Rummenigge told BBC Sport.

“He’s ready to change. So I’m not so pessimistic about him. I’m quite optimistic that in Fifa things are changing in a good way.”

That marks a radical change of opinion by Rummenigge given his previous call for “revolution” within Fifa’s leadership.