FIFA will proceed with the presidential election on Friday as they look to restore credibility and also vote for reforms.
The Swiss national’s, Blatter, 18-year long presidential tenure officially ends this week, He was hoping to attend the Congress but “lost an appeal against his eight-year ban for ethics violations,” reported Reuters. This means that Blatter will now have to stay away from the elections.
However, the federations appeal committee reduced Blatter’s suspension to six years “in acknowledgement of Blatter’s services rendered to FIFA.”
European football boss Michel Platini was supposed to succeed Blatter. But an internal investigation revealed another scandal which resulted in Platini’s suspension, too.
“Mr Platini’s and Mr Blatter’s activities and the services they had rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football in general over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor,” the committee said.
Platini did respond to the criticism and remained unimpressed with the comments directed towards him.
“The decision is insulting, shameful and is a violation of rights,” he said in a statement.
“The charges against me are baseless, built from the ground up and surreal in view of the facts and the explanations I gave during the hearing.”
FIFA urged members to rebuild the lost touch in the governing council and approve the reforms at the Congress, including “term limits for top officials and disclosure of their earnings”, sources state.
As per the Independent reports, the FIFA governing council also questioned the conduct of Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain ahead of the presidential election. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke stated, “Can you have someone from Bahrain running world football, in charge of world football, given what happened there four years ago? I have my doubts.”
The FIFA presidential elections will go ahead in Zurich on Friday.