FA Chairman Tells Sepp Blatter: Postpone Fifa Elections

Wembley chiefs want an independent body to govern Zurich body to fix the mess.

The Football Association chairman David Bernstein has called for Fifa to postpone their elections and create a ‘genuinely independent’ party to improve the governing body.

The FA announced earlier this month it would abstain from voting for candidates Mohamed bin Hammam or Sepp Blatter but after last week’s bribery revelations they now want elections to be called off.

Bin Hammam and Fifa vice-president Jack Warner were both suspended for allegedly paying officials from the Caribbean Football Union $40,000.

Both men hit back claiming Blatter knew about bribes and that the Swiss national had paid an unauthorised $1million to the Concacaf confederation.

Bin Hammam has now withdrawn from the presidential race leaving Blatter as the only candidate left.

Bernstein now wants time for a new applicant to emerge an independent board to govern the scandal and restore credibility to Fifa.

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

“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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