English FA proposes postponing FIFA presidential vote

England’s Football Association (FA) has proposed postponing FIFA presidential elections scheduled for June 1 amid a corruption scandal involving leading officials.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the only candidate after the withdrawal of Mohamed Bin Hammam from the race.

The FA recently chose to abstain from the vote over claims of corruption inside world football’s governing body.

“We call on FIFA and ask other national associations to support us with two initiatives,” FA chairman David Bernstein said in a statement.

“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,” he said.

Blatter, 75, is seeking to be re-elected for a fourth term and has said FIFA is not in crisis, despite questions over the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

MOSCOW, May 31 (RIA Novosti)

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