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November 26, 2022

Fifa’s President Sepp Blatter: “No crisis in football”

Just days before today Fifa Congress in Zurich, where he is expected to be reelected, beeing the only candidate, president Sepp Blatter rejected talk of crisis in football as the ruling body moved to neutralise a leaked email suggesting Qatar had bought the 2022 World Cup, according to sports.yahoo.com.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke issued a statement on Monday denying he meant to suggest anything corrupt about the Qatar bid for 2022, while Blatter gave the Gulf nation his public backing and took time out to berate the media for a lack of manners.

While all the talk outside FIFA House has been of a drip-feed of corruption allegations creating the worst crisis the game has faced, Blatter said his organisation was merely experiencing local difficulties they could solve internally.
It did not feel that way earlier in the day when CONCACAF president Jack Warner made public an email in which Valcke wondered if Mohamed bin Hammam, who planned to stand against Blatter, thought he could buy the presidency as Qatar “bought” the World Cup.

Qatar issued a flat denial of any wrongdoing and Valcke later said he only meant that the Gulf state’s financial muscle meant they were able to mount an effective lobbying campaign.

Qatar received further support from Blatter at his dramatic evening news conference, with the president saying FIFA had received no evidence that there were issues with the process to choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
“Football is not in a crisis,” said Blatter. “Football is in some difficulties and they will be solved inside our family.” Blatter, the 75-year-old Swiss who has run football’s world governing body since 1998 and seen it grow wealthy on the sale of TV rights and sponsorship, will run unopposed in Wednesday’s election following Bin Hammam’s withdrawal on Sunday.

That came hours before the Qatari was suspended along with Warner over an allegation that Bin Hammam paid Caribbean delegates Usd 40,000 to vote for him instead of Blatter.

FA wants FIFA election postponed

The Football Association has called on FIFA to postpone Wednesday’s presidential election and commit to future reform, Eurosport informs. The FA urged other nations to support its calls for a delay for a vote in which FIFA President Sepp Blatter is due to stand unopposed for reelection. FA chairman David Bernstein said: “On 19 May 2011 The Football Association announced it would be abstaining in the forthcoming election for the FIFA Presidency. There were two main reasons for this decision. First, a concern, that a series of allegations relating to FIFA ExCo Members made it difficult to support either candidate. Secondly, a concern about the lack of transparency and accountability within the organisation, contributing to the current unsatisfactory situation”.

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