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Platini asks Blatter to step down — Irish Football Federation head

May 28, 2015, 15:50 UTC+3
According to the chief executive of the Irish Football Federation, Blatter who has been at the FIFA helm since 1998, told Platini that it was too late to retreat
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 Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter

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ZURICH, May 28. /TASS/. UEFA head Michel Platini has asked FIFA President Sepp Blatter to resign but he refused, the chief executive of the Irish Football Federation, John Delaney, said on Thursday.

According to Delaney, Blatter who has been at the FIFA helm since 1998, told Platini that it was too late to retreat.

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 re-elected on Friday for another four-year term. Elections for the post of FIFA president are scheduled for May 29. Blatter, who has been at the helm of the organization since 1998, will face Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the elections.

According to John Delaney, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan hopes to receive 60 votes of members of the world’s football governing body on May 29 besides support from UEFA. The Russian Football Union will support the candidacy of Joseph Blatter.

Delaney also said that in case Blatter wins, Britain’s vice-chairman of The Football Association, David Gill, will not become FIFA vice-president. In March, the Congress of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) appointed Gill to FIFA’s executive committee. Gill was expected to stand for FIFA vice-presidency reserved for the four British associations (i.e. England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales).

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