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Asian confederation announces it will support Blatter on Friday

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:27 UTC
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AFC “reiterates its decision taken at the AFC Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014 ... to support FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.” AFC “reiterates its decision taken at the AFC Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014 ... to support FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.”

The Asian Football Confederation says it still supports Sepp Blatter's bid for another term as FIFA president, and opposes any move to delay Friday's scheduled elections in the wake of a string of corruption arrests of some of the federation's top officials.

 In a statement on its website, the AFC expressed its “disappointment and sadness” at Wednesday's events but also said it “reiterates its decision taken at the AFC Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014 ... to support FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.”

The European federation, UEFA, had called for Friday's elections in Zurich to be postponed due to the arrests and allegations, but the AFC said it was “opposing any delay.”

The Football Federation of Australia chairman Frank Lowy, who arrived in Zurich on Thursday anticipated support for the Jordanian candidate.

Lowy said: “FFA believes that profound change within FIFA is needed as soon as possible to address issues of governance and transparency.

”This belief will be reflected when Australia casts its vote in the presidential election, should it proceed on Friday in Zurich.

“The Board of FFA has reviewed the manifesto for change proposed by Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein and believes it provides the basis for a fresh start for FIFA.”

Blatter is seeking a fifth, four-year term in Friday's election. His opponent is Prince Ali of Jordan

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  • golfcronie

    Of course they will, they are getting the majority of the kickbacks.

    May 29th, 2015 - 09:38 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Beat me to it.
    But let's have a new move. A totally independent body that oversees every aspect of FIFA financial and related activities. With the authority to investigate anything. Over which Blatter has no control.

    May 29th, 2015 - 12:05 pm 0
  • DerkeBlake

    Poached this from a friend:

    You can save an expensive investigation into corruption among the delegates by using this simple formula:

    Did you vote for Sepp?
    Yes - Corrupt
    No - Less corrupt.

    ;)

    May 29th, 2015 - 06:24 pm 0
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