UEFA calls for postponement of FIFA presidential election, threatens to boycott congress

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The UEFA Executive Committee gathered in Warsaw today at an emergency meeting before the FIFA presidential election, scheduled to take place this Friday.

With all the drama that has unfolded over the past 15 hours, FIFA’s reputation has taken a massive blow as multiple top officials were arrested for corruption and bribery charges.

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Sepp Blatter’s week has taken a big turn for the worst, as he was expecting to walk into FIFA headquarters in Zurich and easily be reelected as president, a position he has held since 1998.

However, after FIFA released a statement claiming the elections would go on as scheduled, many were outraged that no action was taking place internally to focus on these pressing issues, but were rather moving forward with day-to-day activities.

UEFA is the most powerful administrative body in world football other than FIFA, and has called for not only a postponement of the vote, but also suggested it may boycott the upcoming FIFA congress completely.

Below is the full statement from UEFA, posted on the official website.

Today’s events are a disaster for FIFA and tarnish the image of football as a whole.

UEFA is deeply shocked and saddened by them.

These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in FIFA’s culture.

There is a need for the whole of FIFA to be “rebooted” and for a real reform to be carried out.

The upcoming FIFA Congress risks to turn into a farce and therefore the European associations will have to consider carefully if they should even attend this Congress and caution a system, which, if it is not stopped, will ultimately kill football.

The UEFA member associations are meeting tomorrow 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.

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.”

As this dramatic story unfolds in Switzerland, ProSoccerTalk will keep you updated throughout the day.