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Blatter claims role in trying to remove African president

Reveling in his international diplomacy role, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed he was asked by Switzerland's foreign ministry last year to help persuade an African president to leave office.

Blatter offered Pierre Nkurunziza, the Burundi state president and a soccer fan, an ambassador's role with FIFA as the nation fell into violent turmoil, according to his new book, which was launched on Thursday.

Blatter's intervention was supported by the United States, he claims in "Sepp Blatter: Mission and Passion Football," and known to Secretary of State John Kerry.

"Mr. Kerry was involved," Blatter said at a book launch party. "I am...

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