Despite the scandal currently rocking the world football governing body and calls to postpone it, the elections to decide the next FIFA president will still hold at the annual Congress on Friday.
Sepp Blatter is at the eye of the storm as he is scheduled to stand for re-election to a fifth term as FIFA President. He pulled out of his first public appearance since the arrests happened and has been on the receiving end of calls to resign his position.
Jiri Dvorak, special adviser to FIFA’s medical committee made his excuses. “President Blatter apologises for not being able to come today because of the turbulences you have heard about… he has to fulfil his duties as President managing the situation, which are probably more important.”
US authorities have said a total of nine FIFA executives and five sports media and promotions executives face charges over allegations they were part of “rampant and systemic and deep-rooted” corruption running through football.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin, president of 2018 World Cup host nation Russia has given his support to the FIFA president. He said the US investigation was “a clear attempt to prevent” Mr Blatter’s re-election. Read more
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