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Blatter promises to re-shape FIFA

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants 100 days to return soccer's world governing body to what he described as a "state of tranquility" after the upheavals of the last six months.

At the same time, in what sounded more like a declaration of war against dissidents than a return to peace, FIFA's acting general secretary Urs Linsi has been instructed to "restore order and discipline" to the FIFA family.

Blatter unveiled Linsi, FIFA's financial director, at a news conference on Friday introducing him as the temporary replacement for sacked general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen, who leaves FIFA next Thursday.

Linsi, Zen-Ruffinen's deputy, has been at FIFA for three years after 23 years at Swiss banking group Credit Suisse.

Blatter told the news conference: "I need 100 days in order to present to the executive committee proposals and documents on how to re-install tranquility.

"As I promised the Congress last month, the executive committee must be re-united as one family after all the evil that has been done to football and the office of the president.

"Mr Linsi will also look at the situation at FIFA and bring back order and discipline to the FIFA family."


But he also admitted that Friday's executive committee meeting, the second since he was swept back to power with a huge majority of votes and a majority of supporters on the executive, had been "a fiery one at the start".

There were unseemly scenes at the beginning of the executive meeting when members were involved in a furious argument over the refereeing at the World Cup, with one delegate accusing the referee's committee of being incompetent.

The committee will report on ways to improve refereeing at future World Cups -- and across the board in general -- and have also called for a report on how to improve ticketing at the finals -- the other major area of controversy.

Blatter told the news conference he had no knowledge about allegations concerning one executive committee member who had purchased 100 tickets for Sunday's World Cup final between Brazil and Germany in Yokohama when members were advised only to obtain a maximum of five tickets each.

On another matter, Blatter confirmed that four nations were interested in hosting next year's Confederations Cup -- Australia, France, South Africa and the United States -- and that a decision would be taken in September.

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