HELSINKI, April 4. /TASS/. An additional extraordinary election to determine the final European representative in the Council of the world’s governing body of football FIFA will be held in September, a high-ranking UEFA official told TASS on Tuesday.
UEFA Executive Committee member Frantisek Laurinec said in an interview with TASS that the European governing body of football would convene for an extraordinary session in Switzerland’s Nyon in September to vote on the candidate for the fourth remaining vacant place in the FIFA Council.
The Executive Board of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) held a session on Tuesday in Helsinki and among other issues on the agenda, the session’s participants focused on the election of four candidates to represent Europe in the FIFA Council.
Last month UEFA announced that Russia Football Union’s (RFU) President Vitaly Mutko would not participate in FIFA Council elections, since he also occupies the post of Russia’s deputy prime minister and it is against FIFA regulations.
Mutko’s only possible substitution Geir Torsteinsson, the former president of the Football Association of Iceland, withdrew his candidacy shortly before today’s UEFA Executive Board’s session leaving it with candidacies for only three out four European representation places in the FIFA Council.
Mutko was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 2009. In 2016, following the organizational reshuffles in FIFA under new President Gianni Infantino, the Executive Committee was replaced with the FIFA Council.