FIFA to Decide Presidential Election Date. FIFA will meet Monday to pick a date for an extraordinary congress in which to elect a new president. This is the first meeting of the governing body of world football, and seven of its officials were arrested on corruption charges on the eve of the FIFA presidential elections in May. The seven were among 14 people accused by US research. Joseph Blatter was re-elected president, but resigned after a series of arrests. A second criminal investigation into FIFA was also launched at the time, with Swiss prosecutors looking into the bidding process for the World Cups of 2018 and 2022, won by Russia and Qatar respectively.
FIFA to Decide Presidential Election Date
It is hoped that the extraordinary congress to elect a new president to be held between December 2015 and March 2016, despite UEFA – the governing body of European football – Blatter is believed to want to vacate his post before.
Blatter did not use the word ‘resignation’ when he announced he would leave a position he has held since 1998.
But the 79-year-old said: “Although I have a mandate from the members of FIFA, I do not feel I have a mandate from all over the world football – fans, players, clubs, people living , breathe and love football as much as we all do in FIFA.
“Therefore, I decided to give my mandate at a special elective congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA president until the election.” Thisday
Blatter said he is considering standing for re-election again before the independent chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, Domenico Scala, she urged him to go for his decision to quit. “The time to flirt with the power have definitely gone,” said Scala. “I call on all stakeholders – including Blatter – endorse in the interest of reform unequivocally announced change of guard at the top of FIFA.” Monday’s meeting will take place in the context of former Vice President Jeffrey Webb plead not guilty to charges of taking bribes worth millions of dollars in
connection with the sale of marketing rights.
Webb, who is from the Cayman Islands, was one of the seven arrested in May was extradited to the US last week.
He was placed under house arrest for 10 million dollars (6.4 million pounds) bail by a judge in New York.