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FIFA Elections To Hold, Despite Corruption Allegations

Posted: May 29, 2015 at 2:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Peter Edema –  Group Sports Editor  (with Agency reports)


FIFA elections will hold today in Zurich amidst corruption allegations levelled against top FIFA officials, and despite calls for the elections to be postponed.

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, who is bidding for a fifth term in office, refused to step down despite call from UEFA President, Michel Platini to do so. UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, also called on him to resign.



Consequently, UEFA countries confirmed they would not boycott the elections, instead would support Blatter’s opponent, Prince Ali, who is increasingly confident of securing the 105 votes needed to win.

However, after an emergency meeting on Thursday, other confederations agreed that the Friday elections should go on as planned.

Rather, while addressing the 65th Congress of FIFA on Thursday, Blatter defended himself on the premise that it was not possible for him to monitor individually members of FIFA.

“I cannot monitor everyone all of the time… those who are corrupt in football are in a minority,” he said, even as he condemned the “action of individuals” for bringing “shame and humiliation” on football in a corruption scandal.

But he said that although many held him “ultimately responsible” for the football community, he could “not monitor everyone all of the time”.

He said that the events of the week had “cast a long shadow over football”, saying, “The actions of individuals bring shame and humiliation on football and demand action and change from us all.

Mr Blatter said he hoped this would be a turning point for corruption.

“We must earn trust back through the decisions we make,” he said.

However, there are likely backlash if Blatter wins today. Platini has not ruled out the possibility of a boycott of all FIFA events by UEFA teams.

David Gill will resign as Britain’s representative on the FIFA executive committee if Blatter is re-elected.

The former Manchester United chief executive told a meeting of UEFA delegates on Thursday that he did not feel he could discharge his duties as a FIFA official under a Blatter regime.

FIFA could lose millions from sponsors in the wake of the corruption allegations.

Visa, a major sponsor has threatened to withdraw their backing and demanded world football’s governing body clean up its act in the wake of the scandal.

Visa said its ‘disappointment and concern’ were profound and demanded ‘swift and immediate’ action following Wednesday’s dramatic events, which saw a wave of football officials arrested and two investigations launched.

It read: ‘Our disappointment and concern with FIFA in light of (Wednesday’s) developments is profound.

‘As a sponsor, we expect FIFA to take swift and immediate steps to address these issues within its organisation. This starts with rebuilding a culture with strong ethical practices in order to restore the reputation of the games for fans everywhere.

‘Should FIFA fail to do so, we have informed them that we will reassess our sponsorship.’

Visa is one of five top-tier FIFA ‘partners’ along with adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom and Hyundai.

FIFA’s ‘partners’ pay between £15m and £28m a year for their association with the governing body.