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Russian Football Union to support FIFA President Joseph Blatter at elections

May 28, 2015, 13:04 UTC+3
A source at the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) told TASS on Thursday that the elections of the FIFA president scheduled for May 29 will not be postponed
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Sepp Blatter and head of the Russian Football Union Nilolay Tolstykh

Sepp Blatter and head of the Russian Football Union Nilolay Tolstykh

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MOSCOW, May 28. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union will support the candidacy of Joseph Blatter at the FIFA presidential elections, union’s head Nilolay Tolstykh told TASS. 

A source at the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) told TASS on Thursday that the elections of the FIFA president scheduled for May 29 will not be postponed. There are two contenders for the post: Switzerland’s Josef Blatter and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussain, of Jordan.

According to Yolstykh, the Russian Football Union is against UEFA's idea of postponing the election.

"We are against a postponement of the FIFA president’s election. Everything must be done in accordance with the rules," Tolstykh said.

Earlier, UEFA Secretary-General Gianni Infantino said the election of the FIFA heaed should be postponed due to the corruption scandal.

An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA on Wednesday morning as seven of the organisation’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. The arrests of the seven FIFA top officials were made by the Swiss police at the request from the US authorities and they are now facing extradition to the United States.

FIFA plunged into the corruption scandal on the eve of the organisation’s annual congress in Zurich on May 28-29 with current President Sepp Blatter expected to be reelected for another four-year term.

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