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Sepp Blatter's Women's World Cup Trip To Vancouver Will Not Happen

06/30/2015 03:27 EDT | Updated 06/30/2015 03:59 EDT

The embattled president of FIFA will not attend the Women's World Cup Final in Vancouver, his lawyer confirmed to Reuters.

Sepp Blatter was expected to hand the trophy to the World Cup winner at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium on July 5, but he has since told organizers that he would not be attending due to personal reasons, lawyer Richard Cullen told the news service.

Blatter's withdrawal comes amid investigations into football's governing body by authorities in the United States and Switzerland, the Press Association reported.

Both Blatter and FIFA secretary-general Jérôme Valcke have been implicated in the FBI's probe, which has resulted in indictments for 18 people on football-related allegations. Neither Blatter nor Valcke have been charged.

FIFA previously did not reveal Blatter's travel plans for the Women's World Cup, saying both his and Valcke's trips would be "confirmed in due course."

Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA president last month, just after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a 47-count indictment that included FIFA officials. The charges included "racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies."

Blatter subsequently announced he was going to "lay down my mandate" as FIFA president, but later backtracked on reports that he had resigned.

England eliminated Canada from the Women's World Cup on Saturday.

The United States will play Germany in the semi-final at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night, while Japan will kick off against England in the other match at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium on Canada Day.

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