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FIFA chief Blatter coy on presidential re-election bid, reveals hurt at UEFA demand to leave

  • FIFA President Joseph Blatter attends a news conference following the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Brazil is hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup starting June 12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    FIFA President Joseph Blatter attends a news conference following the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Brazil is hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup starting June 12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

  • FIFA President Joseph Blatter attends a news conference following the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Brazil is hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup starting June 12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    FIFA President Joseph Blatter attends a news conference following the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Brazil is hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup starting June 12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

Sepp Blatter will surely be a FIFA presidential candidate in 2015 though he did not formally announce his re-election plans on Wednesday.

What he did reveal was hurt and anger at UEFA's face-to-face demand in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he step aside next year.

Blatter says "that was the most disrespectful thing I have experienced in my entire life."

Senior UEFA officials urged Blatter to take responsibility for FIFA corruption allegations and negative headlines for football under his leadership.

UEFA members did not intervene Wednesday when Blatter offered his services to FIFA's 209 member countries.

Blatter closed the FIFA congress telling delegates "I am ready to accompany you in the future."

FIFA delegates gave Blatter, their president since 1998, warm applause but no standing ovation.