FIFA's ex-president Sepp Blatter speaks during the presentation of his biography in Zurich on April 21, 2016. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was asked by Switzerland's foreign ministry last year to help persuade an African president to leave office.Blatter offered Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassador's role in world soccer as the nation fell into violent turmoil, according to his new book, which was launched Thursday.It includes photographs of Blatter with U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis.The book had been scheduled for release before the Feb. 26 election to replace Blatter as FIFA president, but was delayed."Without success," Blatter wrote.
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