Ireland FA chief: “We won’t be voting” for Sepp Blatter


John Delaney is reading the same articles as the rest of the world, that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is going to cakewalk to another term as leader of world soccer’s governing body.

Delaney is the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, and he’s going to be supporting Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the race for FIFA’s presidency.

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Prince Ali is the only candidate remaining following the withdrawals of Dutchman Michael van Praag and legendary player Luis Figo. Delaney says he’d like to see Blatter conduct himself more like UEFA boss Michel Platini.

From the BBC:

“Regardless of the good he claims to have done during his tenure, he has to recognise that Fifa has an incredibly bad brand image,” Delaney told BBC Sport.

“We won’t be voting for him.”

“Blatter has had a hell of a run at it. But surely he knows, in his private moments, he must know, that outside of the voting chambers, that the world, the football public, the players and supporters, want change.”

“I have no problems telling anybody, telling the world now, that we will not be voting for Sepp Blatter.

“There is a permanent controversy at Fifa.”

That’s all well and good, and few football fans will disagree, but there are scant few voices making the similar sound in FAs around the world. Be ready for more Sepp.