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Jun 1, 2013

Blatter remarks risk critcism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter could have landed in more hot water following comments he made while congratulating the new female members of the executive committee.

On a historic day for FIFA, Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, became the first woman to be handed a full four-year Ex-Co mandate at the 63rd FIFA Congress in Mauritius.

Nsekera received a majority 95 of the 205 votes, beating Asian Football Confederation vice-president Moya Dodd (70 votes) and CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands FA Sonia Bien-Aime (38 votes).

Both Dodd and Bien-Aime were co-opted to the committee for a one-year period.

"I can't wait to get started in my new role," said Australian Dodd in statement released by Football Federation Australia read.

"I commit myself to putting the interests of football first, strengthening its governance and promoting further development of inclusion in football, especially for women."

But only days after describing Dodd as "good looking", Blatter again could find himself heavily criticised for remarks he made during his closing speech.

When asking for a round of applause, the Swiss 77-year-old added: "Are there ladies in the room? Say something! You are always speaking at home, now you can speak here."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.