Sepp Blatter Was Expected to Easily Win Re-election in Tomorrow’s Election Before the Scandal Erupted
Defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter refused to accept blame for the corruption scandal by saying “I can’t monitor everyone all the time”, however he did admit that “more bad news will follow”. Yesterday, a US-led investigation led to the arrests of 9 current and former FIFA officials on charges of fraud. A report claimed the South African government paid $10 million in bribes in order to win the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
UEFA, Europe’s football federation which forms part of FIFA, has called on Blatter to resign with President Michel Platini personally meeting with Blatter and begging him to step down. Platini also refused to rule out a potential European World Cup boycott. FIFA Vice-President David Gill has already stated he will resign if Blatter wins re-election, with UEFA declaring it will throw its votes behind Blatter’s only challenger, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.