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Blatter challenges critics to ‘take the risk’ and oppose him in FIFA election

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, and CSA President Victor Montagliani react to a photographer's directions following the opening press conference for the FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has challenged his critics to "take the risk" and stand for election against him next year.

Blatter told reporters Saturday: "Don't speak — go out and fight, then you will see."

The FIFA leader did not identify potential rivals in the ballot scheduled in May, though he appeared to target UEFA President Michel Platini.

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Platini publicly withdrew support from Blatter in June, after senior officials at a hostile UEFA meeting in Brazil urged Blatter to stand aside.

Platini has a scheduled news conference on Aug. 28 in Monaco where he could address his FIFA plans.

Blatter plans to confirm he is a candidate for a fifth term before a January deadline.

He says: "Now I say (to) other people, if they want to take the risk then take the risk."

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