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FIFA president Blatter given a cow at home charity event, declines to discuss legal issues

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ULRICHEN, Switzerland — Sepp Blatter was given a cow but gave little away about FIFA business at his annual charity football tournament on Saturday.

A cow called Colombo was a gift to Blatter from the village authority at his family's ancestral home of Ulrichen.

PHOTO: FIFA President, Swiss Sepp Blatter walks over the pitch during the 18th edition of the "Sepp Blatter Fussballturnier", in Ulrichen, Switzerland, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. When Blatter was elected FIFA President in 1998, Blatter's hometown Ulrichen awarded him with the "honorary citizen" of Ulrichen title, and to commemorate the occasion, a football tournament bearing his name was created. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
FIFA President, Swiss Sepp Blatter walks over the pitch during the 18th edition of the "Sepp Blatter Fussballturnier", in Ulrichen, Switzerland, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. When Blatter was elected FIFA President in 1998, Blatter's hometown Ulrichen awarded him with the "honorary citizen" of Ulrichen title, and to commemorate the occasion, a football tournament bearing his name was created. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

Blatter quipped in Swiss-German dialect to 250 spectators that he would keep the cow "to see lots of little Colombos" in future.

For the 18th year, the FIFA president hosted a tournament for local teams that typically brings football greats to the remote mountain village in Valais canton (state).

Blatter invited Michel Platini, who came to Ulrichen in 2013, but the current favorite in the FIFA election on Feb. 26 couldn't attend.

Blatter repeatedly declined comment on FIFA's legal and election issues in a news conference with international media.

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PHOTO: FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, poses with the cow Colombo that he received as gift from the city Obergoms during the 18th edition of the "Sepp Blatter Fussballturnier", in Ulrichen, Switzerland, Saturday, Aug, 22, 2015. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
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