Sunday 25 September 2016

Delaney calls on Blatter to step aside for good of game

Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30

FAI chief executive John Delaney says that the association will be voting against Sepp Blatter in Friday's FIFA presidential election
FAI chief executive John Delaney says that the association will be voting against Sepp Blatter in Friday's FIFA presidential election

FAI chief executive John Delaney says that the association will be voting against Sepp Blatter in Friday's FIFA presidential election.

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In an interview with the BBC, Delaney indicated that the Abbotstown delegation would be throwing their support behind Blatter's rival Prince Ali from Jordan.

The Waterford man has formed the strong opinion that the long-standing incumbent should recognise that the governing body could do with a new face after successive controversies.

"Regardless of the good he claims to have done during his tenure, he has to recognise that FIFA has an incredibly bad brand image," said Delaney. "We won't be voting for him.

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"If he was doing the right thing by football, which he says he cares and loves, then he should step aside and let somebody else come forward and improve the image of the world game.

"I have no problems telling anybody, telling the world now, that we will not be voting for Sepp Blatter. There is a permanent controversy at FIFA."

Delaney is on good terms with UEFA chief Michel Platini and is much happier with how they do their business.

"Uefa's image is very good, which is run by a good friend of mine Michel Platini," he said.

"I can go to Uefa and ask 'can we increase the Euros from 16 teams to 24?' which I did, they get that.

"You can talk to Uefa about 13 countries hosting the tournament 2020. It gets discussed and it gets done. But at Fifa you can't.

"Blatter has had a hell of a run at it. But surely he knows - in his private moments, he must know - that outside of the voting chambers, that the world, the football public, the players and supporters, want change."

Despite Delaney's criticism, the 79-year-old is a strong favourite to secure a fifth term in charge.

Irish Independent

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