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Blatter urges Asia to seek more World Cup places

Updated: May 3, 2013, 8:59 AM ET
Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter urged Asian soccer leaders to push for more World Cup berths at the expense of Europe and South America, an issue which could help his own re-election prospects.

Blatter said "we have to have a better balance" because the two most powerful continents could provide 19 of the 32 teams in Brazil next year.

The FIFA leader spoke to the 46 Asian Football Confederation member delegations at their annual meeting that "you must be aware ...

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