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Blatter eyes FIFA return within 10 days

Sepp Blatter sits in the back of a car as he leaves the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct 8, 2015, after he was provisionally banned for 90 days by FIFA ethics committee. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)

LONDON (AP) Suspended and shamed, Sepp Blatter is still hoping to return to power as FIFA president within the next 10 days.

Blatter was banned for 90 days on Thursday, essentially ending his 17-year reign as the leader of soccer's governing body. But Klaus Stoehlker, a close associate of Blatter, told The Associated Press on Friday that the Swiss official is aiming to be back at work very soon.

"He has made an appeal and everybody hopes there will be a decision in the next 10 days," Stoehlker said. "He is very, very tough ... he is sure he will have the right to be back. He doesn't feel he is out of the job. That's a huge misunderstanding."


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