FA: Fifa must postpone presidential election

The Football Association's chairman, David Bernstein, wants to see Wednesday's vote put back

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Bernstein wants an independent body to help reform Fifa Photo: The Football Association

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The Football Association has called on Fifa to postpone Wednesday’s presidential election as corruption allegations continue to rock the governing body.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who is seeking a fourth term in charge, yesterday brushed off suggestions that the vote should be put back at a heated news conference in Zurich.

But the FA’s chairman, David Bernstein, wants to see an independent body appointed to oversee reforms of the organisation – and time allowed for a new presidential candidate to come forward.

Bernstein said in a statement: “On May 19, 2011 the Football Association announced it would be abstaining in the forthcoming election for the Fifa presidency.

“There were two main reasons for this decision. First, a concern, that a series of allegations relating to Fifa ExCo Members made it difficult to support either candidate.

“Secondly, a concern about the lack of transparency and accountability within the organisation, contributing to the current unsatisfactory situation.

“Events of the last few days have reinforced our views, and we call on Fifa and ask other national associations to support us with two initiatives.

“First, to postpone the election and give credibility to this process, so any alternative reforming candidate could have the opportunity to stand for president.

“Secondly, to appoint a genuinely independent external party to make recommendations regarding improved governance and compliance procedures and structures throughout the Fifa decision-making processes for consideration by the full membership.

“This has been a very damaging time for the reputation of Fifa and therefore the whole of football.

“To improve confidence in the way the game is governed at the very top, we believe these requests would be a positive step forward and the minimum that should take place.”

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