FIFA officials tight-lipped ahead of key meeting

Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:14pm EDT
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA officials gave no clues on Sunday over what to expect from a key meeting on Monday which is expected to choose a date for the presidential election and discuss reforms to soccer's discredited governing body.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter chaired a preliminary meeting of the presidents of the six continental confederations at the headquarters of soccer's governing body, their first since his shock announcement on June 2 that he intended to quit.

However, none of the officials returning to the luxurious Baur au Lac hotel would comment on how the meeting went or what was discussed.

Those included UEFA president Michel Platini, widely expected to be one of the candidates to replace Blatter who has been in power since 1998.

The former France captain, who has repeatedly ducked out of discussing a possible candidacy ever since Blatter's announcement, smiled at reporters in the hotel lobby but would not make any comment on his plans.

Platini, once seen as a Blatter protege, has turned against the 79-year-old Swiss and is now among his leading critics.

Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term on May 29, only to announce four days later that he would lay down his mandate at an extraordinary FIFA Congress which will take place between December and February.

The Congress will choose a new president, Blatter having repeatedly said that he will not stand. Candidates must declare their intention to stand, and present support, four months before the election.   Continued...

The logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA is seen on its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich