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Blatter wants change

The Fifa president says the continental quota system could be changed to allow more non- European representation at future World Cup tournaments.

The Fifa president Sepp Blatter has indicated changes could be made to the continental quota system to allow more non- European representation at future World Cup tournaments. Blatter believes the current qualification process works against nations from outside Europe. Europe have 53 teams competing for 13 places in the finals while Africa have the same number competing for five berths. "There is a problem and the problem is the mathematical law of great numbers," Blatter said.

"Europe, for example, they still have 13 teams. So if you have 13 teams, it is easier to bring one of these teams into the quarter-finals or semi-finals, than if you have only five." The 2010 World Cup finals will be the first to feature six teams from Africa - five from the qualifying stage plus the hosts South Africa. * PA Sport