FIFA stays silent on Blatter’s visit to Canada


Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration of a football stadium in the village Dura Al-Qari' near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

VANCOUVER — FIFA continues to stay mum on whether president Sepp Blatter or general secretary Jerome Valcke will attend the final of the Women’s World Cup.

Valcke was slated to attend the opening of the tournament but pulled out days before. FIFA said he had to attend to matters at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Blatter was originally scheduled to attend the July 5 final in Vancouver. But in the wake of the corruption scandal surrounding the world governing body of soccer, his travel plans became to be determined.

Whether one of the big guns will represent FIFA at the final remains a mystery.

"The travel plans of the FIFA president and the secretary general will be communicated in due course," a FIFA spokesman said Wednesday.

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