Saturday 22 September 2018

John Delaney - FAI won't back Sepp Blatter

FAI's John Delaney.
FAI's John Delaney.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter had urged Iran to lift the ban on women spectators

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who publicly laughed at the the FAI's suggestion that Ireland be admitted to the 2010 World Cup as a 33rd country, will not have Irish support in his bid to stay in charge of world football's governing body.

And the FAI have stated that Blatter should step down "for the good of the game". Blatter, 79, is standing for re-election as FIFA president and is expected to win the vote at the organisation's congress on Friday.

But FAI CEO John Delaney (left) says the FAI's vote will go to Blatter's last remaining opponent, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein at Friday's election.

"We won't be voting for him, there is a permanent controversy at FIFA," Delaney told the BBC.

"Regardless of the good he claims to have done during his tenure, he has to recognise that FIFA has an incredibly bad brand image.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter had urged Iran to lift the ban on women spectators

Fifa President Sepp Blatter

"If he was doing the right thing by football, which he says he cares and loves, then he should step aside and let somebody else come forward and improve the image of the world game.

"Blatter has had a hell of a run at it. But surely he knows, in his private moments, that outside of the voting chambers, that the world, the football public, the players and supporters, want change," added Delaney.

Recently, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag withdrew from the race for the FIFA presidency, leaving Jordnaian Al Hussein as the sole challenger to Blatter, who is still expected to win Friday's vote.


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