Caribbean will not adopt block vote for FIFA presidency

Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:36pm EDT
 
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By Simon Evans

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - - FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have to work for the votes of the 25 Caribbean soccer associations after the region's union head said they would break with their normal practice of voting as a block.

Antiguan Gordon Derrick, president of the Caribbean Football Union which has 25 votes in FIFA’s presidential election next month, said there would be no mandate from the body, long a Blatter stronghold, to vote for any one candidate.

While Derrick gave no clue as to where the Caribbean’s support may go he said the block vote system, used by former CFU and CONCACAF leader Jack Warner, was a thing of the past.

“Those days are long gone. If there is a democracy and we believe in a democracy then that means that everyone who is nominated has a chance to participate and whoever votes, votes, whichever way,” he told Reuters on Wednesday.

The CFU is the largest voting block in CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean which has 35 member associations, a significant chunk of the 209 votes that will decide the next FIFA president.

CONCACAF holds its annual congress in the Bahamas on Thursday and the CFU had its own meeting a day ahead.

Blatter and the three candidates standing against him were all invited as observers to both the CFU and CONCACAF meetings.

Former Portugal international Luis Figo, Dutch FA chief Michael van Praag and Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein are hoping to eat into Blatter’s support in the region ahead of the May 29 vote.   Continued...