Blatter confirms FIFA election bid

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GENEVA (AP) Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win.

Blatter published a low-key message on Twitter confirming an expected bid to extend his scandal-scarred, 17-year leadership of football's wealthy governing body by four more years.

"Today is a key date in the electoral calendar. I've made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process," wrote Blatter, who is headed to the Asian Cup final in Sydney on Saturday.

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