OPEC has no objections to speed of Russia's oil production cutsBusiness & Economy March 25, 12:38
Opposition leader Vladimir Neklyayev detained in Belarus - news agency directorWorld March 25, 5:33
Russia submits amicus curiae brief to US Supreme CourtRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:34
Russia, China suggest for UN SC to adopt resolution on chemical terrorism threatRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:23
Russian lawmaker compares European Union to Soviet UnionRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:16
Russian emergencies ministry says fire at Kazan’s gunpowder factory fully extinguishedWorld March 25, 3:01
Relations btw US, Russia worst over half-century - Lukin quoting KissingerRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 2:58
Russia suggests setting up international coalition for demining operations in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 1:08
One person dies in fire at gunpowder factory in Russia's KazanWorld March 24, 21:47
ZURICH, May 28. /TASS/. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) needs a new president, UEFA chief Michel Platini said on Thursday.
"People have had enough, people no longer want the president anymore. It is important for FIFA to be strong, but FIFA is no longer strong," Platini told a news conference in Zurich, a day after seven high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges filed by the US Justice Department.
Platini said that Blatter, 79, had refused to step down as FIFA president.
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 and 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. Blatter, who is at the helm of the organisation since 1998, will face Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the elections of the FIFA president on Friday.
Platini said most UEFA members would support Blatter's rival.
"A large majority of the European associations will all vote for Prince Ali," he said.