Emirates Airline has confirmed it will terminate its sponsorship of FIFA as an investigation into allegations of corruption at the organisation continues. Allegations centre on the voting processes for selection of the upcoming World Cup hosts, with Russia set to stage the event in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
Sepp Blatter has been elected as president of world football governing body FIFA for a fourth consecutive term. As an attempt by the English FA to have the vote postponed faltered, Blatter completed a seemingly inevitable triumph during the annual FIFA conference in Zurich.
Sepp Blatter is the eighth president of Fifa, and has worked for football’s governing body for more than 30 years. BTN takes a look at his career highs and lows as he enters his fourth term in charge.
UEFA president Michel Platini has ruled out standing for the Fifa presidency until at least 2015 were the election delayed to seek other candidates. “I have been elected Uefa president. I have four more years. Can I do two jobs? I have only one tongue,” he said.
The Football Association has called upon Fifa to postpone its presidential election scheduled for Wednesday 1 June. Current Fifa president Sepp Blatter is the only candidate in the running after the withdrawal of Qatar’s Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke has issued a statement to clarify allegations that Mohamed Bin Hammam “bought” the 2022 World Cup finals for Qatar. “When I refer to the 2022 World Cup in that e-mail, what I wanted to say is that the winning bid used their financial strength to lobby for support,” he said.
Fifa has provisionally suspended executive committee members Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner after a meeting of its ethics committee. However, no action will be taken against Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Fifa also confirmed that the presidential election will go ahead as planned on Wednesday.
Mohamed bin Hammam has withdrawn from the election race to become head of football’s governing body, FIFA. The influential Qatari, who is also the president of the Asian Football Confederation, had been due to face current FIFA president Sepp Blatter in the election, but has now stepped aside.
Fifa has launched an ethic investigation into its president, Sepp Blatter. The move follows a charge by Mohamed Bin Hammam, his rival in next week’s presidency election, that the Swiss head of football’s governing body knew about alleged cash payments.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he will not seek a fifth term in office if he is re-elected for the fourth time in June. The 75-year-old Swiss has been at the helm of the organisation since 1998, but will face a challenge from Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam later this year.