Exclusive: FIFA mulls delaying presidential election, calls crisis meeting

Fri Oct 9, 2015 4:38pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA is discussing delaying the election for its next president, two sources told Reuters, a move that could give Michel Platini more time to appeal against his ban from the game and then stand to replace departing leader Sepp Blatter.

The development came as soccer's governing body said its executive committee would hold a crisis meeting on Oct. 20 at its headquarters in Zurich.

It did not say what would be discussed, but that committee is the only body with the power to delay the vote, currently scheduled for Feb. 26.

World soccer chief Blatter and UEFA boss Platini were suspended by FIFA's Ethics Committee on Thursday, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as their sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States.

Both say they have done nothing wrong and are appealing the suspensions.

Platini had been seen as a favorite to win the vote to replace Blatter. But his 90-day ban, together with a possible 45-day extension and the length of any appeals process were seen as major obstacles to his campaign.


The FIFA logo is seen outside their headquarters in Zurich October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann