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ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter used Twitter on Wednesday to dismiss suggestions he will stand aside early to let UEFA counterpart Michel Platini take over the governing body of world football. Raiders #69 Jersey . After more than one year of using the social networking website to give mostly bland details of meetings and matches attended, Blatter took the unusual step of commenting on football politics. "The existence of a reported deal between me and Michel Platini for the FIFA Presidency is pure nonsense," he tweeted, adding "the suggestion that I intend to stop my four-year mandate before its end is simply ridiculous." An unsourced report of a deal with Platini was published Wednesday ahead of a strategy meeting involving UEFA members in Cyprus next week. Europes 53 football countries are scheduled to have a two-day brainstorming session including discussions about how FIFA runs football after a year of scandals involving World Cup vote-rigging and bribery. Blatter began posting on Twitter on the eve of last years World Cup in South Africa and his support for vuvuzelas became a global story. The FIFA president said the blaring trumpet that the host fans loved and broadcasters hated showed that the "Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound." "I dont see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country," Blatter wrote. "Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?" Seeming chastened by the worldwide reaction to his comments, Blatters messages for the rest of the tournament were less pointed or were linked to official FIFA photographs and statements. The 100-plus tweets posted on his account to more than 165,000 followers since have also been cautious. No messages were posted when a World Cup bidding scandal broke last October, nor when the 2018 and 2022 tournaments were awarded last December to Russia and Qatar, respectively. Rumours of a Blatter-Platini deal, whereby the former France playing great would assume FIFA power in 2013, previously circulated in Zurich in May before Blatter was elected unopposed to a fourth and final four-year presidential term. The story was dismissed as untrue and unworkable under FIFA statutes. Sebastian Janikowski Raiders Jersey . Ray gave up one run in his major league debut and got plenty of run support, especially from Miguel Cabrera, to help Detroit rout the Houston Astros 11-4 on Tuesday night for its season-high seventh straight win. Raiders #98 Jersey . The 32-year-old native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., said on his Twitter account that his knee was bothering him. Guay underwent knee surgery over the summer, then returned for the start of the World Cup season after an intensive rehab program. MALMO, Sweden -- Anthony Mantha scored on a penalty shot and Griffin Reinhart had a goal and an assist as Canada beat Switzerland 4-1 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the world junior hockey championship. Canada will face Finland, who posted a 5-3 comeback win over the Czech Republic, in a semifinal on Saturday at Malmo Arena. Curtis Lazar and defenceman Derrick Pouliot also scored for Canada, which is 20-0-0 and has a 130-34 goal advantage all-time against the Swiss at the world juniors. This one was not as easy as previous meetings with the hard-working and team-play oriented Swiss, despite the boost from a pro-Canadian crowd of 2,580 at the Isstadion. The boisterous fans spent much of the game chanting goalie Zach Fucales name. The Canadian squad had to battle the trap throughout the game but managed to score the first goal for the first time in five tournament games. Laughton brought the puck to the net and Reinhart scored on Canadas third whack at the puck from a scramble in the crease. The Swiss were caught on a line change and Samuel Kreiss bought down Mantha on a breakaway to draw a penalty shot 9:04 into the second frame. The big winger deked to the backhand to beat Marvin Nyffeler for his fifth goal of the tournament. Greg Little Raiders Jersey. Mantha had a shot at a sixth goal when he went in alone late in the period, but was stopped by Nyffeler. Canada was ready to head to the intermission with a two-goal lead, but Mirco Muller lifted a shot from the point that may have gone off Sam Reinharts knee up into the air for Nico Dunner to tip past Fucale with one second left in the period. The goal stood up to review for a high stick. The teams were each short a man at 4:11 of the third when Griffin Reinhart was stopped on a breakaway only to have Lazar follow in and stuff the puck in. Lazar has a goal in each of Canadas last three games. A Swiss power play had just ended when Pouliot skated into the zone and beat Nyffeler with a high wrist shot at 13:49 to seal the win. Canada is assured of finishing in the top four of the tournament for a 16th year in a row, although they lost their semifinal and finished out of the medals a year ago in Ufa, Russia. Notes: Charles Hudon played regular shifts after skipping practice on Wednesday with a sore shoulder. ... Switzerland was without forward Flavio Schmutz. jersyes nfl wholesale ' ' '

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