FIFA’s presidential elections are set to take place today and the two rivals for the leadership, Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, have delivered final appeals to electors in a vote overshadowed by corruption allegations.
Incumbent Sepp Blatter will take on Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan in what could be the tightest election in years, following the dawn raids and subsequent revelations about corruption in the game on Wednesday.
A wave of support has built behind the challenger. Prince Ali said he is ready and able for the task at hand and if given the chance together with the world nations, football could win the battle.
As the world watches a total of 209 FIFA member nations will cast their votes, Prince Ali is asking that member nations vote for him in an effort to change the world’s outlook on FIFA.
Mr Blatter has faced calls to resign, including from the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in Berlin on Thursday that Mr. Blatter should quit and “The sooner the better”. However, Mr. Blatter has stated that he would “Shoulder the responsibility of the current storm” and vowed to bring change.
He’s expected to beat Prince Ali and win a fifth term at the congress in Zurich.
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President of Fifa Sepp Blatter.