Wednesday, June 11, 2014
BLATTER GUNS FOR FIFTH FIFA PRESIDENCY TERM AS DELEGATES VOTE AGAINST CALLS FOR TERM MANDATES AND AGE LIMIT
FIFA President, Sepp Blatter is set to run for the fifth term in office after delegates voted against proposals to introduce term mandates and age limits for its elected executives at the world soccer governing body's annual Congress on Wednesday.
Members were asked to approve or reject the ideas in principle and, although majorities voted against both proposals, FIFA did not give an exact vote count.
European football governing body, UEFA and a number of European federations, including the Football Association, had proposed bringing in limits but that was defeated in a vote at FIFA's Congress in Sao Paulo as majority of 209 member associations decided not to impose an age limit nor maximum terms for officials.
UEFA was the only one of the six regional confederations to support the proposals but several delegates called the ideas unfair and restrictive.
Associations voted by holding aloft green or red cards because the electronic voting system in Sao Paulo's conference centre was not working.
This is a victory FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who had originally said his current mandate which ends next year would be his last, and since indicated he is ready to seek a fifth successive term.
He faced calls from FA chairman Greg Dyke and a number of senior European members on Tuesday to keep to his 2011 pledge and step down next year, but he has made it clear to FIFA's 209 member nations that he intends to stand again