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Blatter says he will forgive but won't forget UEFA rebellion

AP , Saturday 30 May 2015
UEFA President Michel Platini (R) congratulates FIFA President Sepp Blatter after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term after Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat at the Congress of world football's governing body on Friday. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Sepp Blatter says he will not forget attempts by European soccer leaders to stop him being re-elected as FIFA president and warned that UEFA cannot live without soccer's global governing body.

UEFA President Michel Platini, who helped Blatter gain the FIFA presidency in 1998, led opposition against his former ally.

Platini championed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein's candidacy but the Jordanian was beaten by Blatter in Friday's election.

After gaining a fifth term as president, Blatter told Swiss channel RTS that there was ''hatred not only from one person at UEFA but by the organization of UEFA that has not accepted that I have been president since 1998.''

Blatter added: ''I forgive everyone but I don't forget. We cannot live without UEFA and UEFA cannot live without us.''

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