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Britain's Gill snubs FIFA executive committee’s meeting in protest

May 30, 2015, 11:43 UTC+3 ZURICH
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ZURICH/Switzerland/, May 30. /TASS/. Britain’s vice-chairman of The Football Association, David Gill, has decided not to attend a meeting of the FIFA executive committee now underway in Zurich, Switzerland in protest at Sepp Blatter’s victory.

At the current congress of the world football governing body, Gill was named as the organization’s vice-president. He earlier announced his plans to miss the executive committee’s meeting if Blatter was re-elected as FIFA chief.

Gill has not resigned as Britain's representative on the FIFA executive committee, but he will take the decision after the meeting of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) in Berlin.

Other people absent at the meeting are FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb and Eduardo Li, president of Costa Rica's Football Federation, who were arrested in connection with the corruption case, and also Marco Polo Del Nero, head of the Brazilian football federation, who has unexpectedly left Zurich.

On Friday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 79, was reelected for a fifth term after his single opponent, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew his candidacy from the second round of the voting.

Blatter, who has been at the helm of the world's football ruling body since 1998, won 133 votes of FIFA's 209 member states in the first round, while 140 votes were required to secure victory, Prince Ali got 73 votes in the first round.

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