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Fifa crisis: Uefa wants presidential election postponed


European football’s leaders are to meet on Thursday in a bid to postpone Fifa’s presidential election.

Uefa does not want Friday’s vote to go ahead after bribery and racketeering charges were laid against senior officials in football’s governing body.

“These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in Fifa’s culture,” Uefa said.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan is standing against incumbent Sepp Blatter in the election.

Uefa said Friday’s meeting of Fifa’s members risked turning into “a farce” and said it could even boycott the gathering.

“The Uefa member associations are meeting ahead of the Fifa Congress. At that point, the European associations will decide on what further steps need to be taken to protect the game of football,” it added in a statement.

“In the meantime, the members of the Uefa Executive Committee are convinced that there is a strong need for a change to the leadership of this Fifa and strongly believe that the Fifa Congress should be postponed, with new Fifa presidential elections to be organised within the next six months.”

Prince Ali has called for a change of Fifa’s leadership and said in a statement: “We cannot continue with the crisis in Fifa.”




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