London: Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has called for Sepp Blatter to be challenged when the Swiss stands for re-election as FIFA president next year.
Last month, Blatter confirmed that he would seek a fifth term despite coming under fire amid accusations of corruption at the world governing body. And having met with the Swiss last week, Dyke insisted that he and the FA hoped a second candidate would come forward.
Dyke said that the FA made it very clear that they didn't think Blatter should have stood again, adding that they did think he stood last time on the basis that would be his last term and therefore they needed another candidate, The Mirror reported.
Dyke said that one needs change and it's hard to get change if they don't change the president. He added that as an individual Blatter is OK, but two terms is probably as long as anyone should do in that job.
The FA chairman said that he thinks there's a possibility another serious candidate emerges, adding that their chances of getting in are not great.
He said that he thinks Blatter would be there for another four years, but added that in English football they all think that change would be a good thing.
UEFA chief Michel Platini had been tipped as a possible successor to Blatter but the Frenchman confirmed he would not challenge, as he wanted to concentrate on his current role.
His compatriot Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA executive, has indicated his will to stand as a candidate but requires support of five separate FI FA member football associations, the report added.