Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/15/12

405945 08: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter, shown on a huge screen, speaks with FIFA members after winning a second four-year term as FIFA president during the 53rd Ordinary FIFA Congress at the Hilton May 29, 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Blatter received 139 votes to beat African soccer chief Issa Hayatou who received 56 votes. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter plans to speak with Cuban officials after three national team players defected in Canada ahead of a World Cup qualifier last week. The players disappeared nine months after two players with the Cuba women's team fled to the United States following a match against Canada in Vancouver. Blatter said Monday that the defections had become ''a presidential question'' for FIFA and not just an issue for the competitions department. "This we cannot let just stand there - it will not work," he told reporters at a briefing. Blatter will study FIFA's reports into the latest incident in Toronto last Thursday before acting. The FIFA president said he will personally contact ''the sports authorities in Cuba, but giving them a copy to give to their political authorities.'' Cuba had just 11 players available to face Canada on Friday and lost 3-0. Cuba was already eliminated from contention in its group, and sent an inexperienced squad to Canada - prompting suggesti...
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