Blatter leaves the stage after making a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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The corruption charges engulfing football's governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday, though he rejected calls to quit over the scandal.With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe's football confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go "with tears in my eyes," but the 79-year-old had refused. In a bullish speech opening a FIFA Congress in Zurich, Blatter said the turbulence of the last two days, which included the arrest of leading football officials at their luxury Swiss hotel, had brought "shame and humiliation" to world football.It appeared Blatter still commanded enough of FIFA's 209 national associations to secure victory.Les Murray of Australia, a former FIFA ethics committee member, also called for Blatter to resign.
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