Sepp Blatter claims he did not resign as FIFA president

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There's a pair of new twists in the endless drama at FIFA, as Sepp Blatter claims he did not step down from his position as president.

Despite his remarks during a June 2 press conference where he indicated that he would leave - but did not use the word "resign" - and a new leader would be elected at an extraordinary congress later this year, Blatter's newest comments temporarily caused mass confusion before FIFA released a statement to relieve any doubt about Blatter's comments.

His comments appeared in Swiss publication Blick, as the 79-year-old attended an event in Zurich.

"I have not resigned, but I put back my mandate at the disposition of the next extraordinary congress," Blatter said, courtesy of The Associated Press.

While it's technically true that he did not resign during his stunning news conference just four days after winning re-election, Blatter vowed he would not run for president during an extraordinary congress which is expected to elect a new leader sometime between December and March.

FIFA was quick to clarify any doubt over his future with the world governing body.

"We can confirm the quotes in Blick are accurate," FIFA said in a statement. "However, they are fully in line with the speech of the President on June 2."

It's not the first time that doubt over his resignation has made headlines following reports suggesting he would seek to remain president following support he received from African and Asian football associations.

The decision to run for re-election would be a shocking one considering the joint investigation being conducted in Switzerland and the United States after the sweeping round of arrests and indictments two days before Blatter won re-election May 29.