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May 31, 2011

FA asks FIFA to postpone election

The Football Association has called on FIFA to postpone Wednesday's presidential election in the wake of the corruption scandal that has rocked world football's governing body.

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FA chairman David Bernstein also wants FIFA to appoint an independent body to supervise reforms after the revelations and accusations of the last month.

Bernstein said in a statement: ''On May 19, 2011 the Football Association announced it would be abstaining in the forthcoming election for the FIFA presidency. There were two main reasons for this decision. First, a concern, that a series of allegations relating to FIFA ExCo Members made it difficult to support either candidate.

''Secondly, a concern about the lack of transparency and accountability within the organisation, contributing to the current unsatisfactory situation. Events of the last few days have reinforced our views, and we call on FIFA and ask other national associations to support us with two initiatives.

''First, to postpone the election and give credibility to this process, so any alternative reforming candidate could have the opportunity to stand for president.

''Secondly, to appoint a genuinely independent external party to make recommendations regarding improved governance and compliance procedures and structures throughout the FIFA decision-making processes for consideration by the full membership.

''This has been a very damaging time for the reputation of FIFA and therefore the whole of football.

''To improve confidence in the way the game is governed at the very top, we believe these requests would be a positive step forward and the minimum that should take place.''

Meanwhile, the Scottish Football Association have called for FIFA to postpone the election by up to six months.

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan said: ''The Scottish FA can today confirm its position that the FIFA presidential election be postponed in light of recent uncertainty.

''We believe the election should be rescheduled to facilitate a period of consultation to deal with the issues that have arisen in recent weeks. The events of the last two days, in particular, have made any election unworkable.

''The integrity and reputation of the game across the world is paramount and the Scottish FA urges FIFA to reconsider its intentions, and calls on other member associations to consider the long-term implications for the game's image.

''We also propose the following actions: FIFA should appoint a wholly independent ethics committee; a significant comprehensive plan should be formulated and presented by FIFA to its members regarding essential changes to its governance, decision-making processes and transparency; a new date is set for the presidential election, giving suitable candidates time to prepare and present their plans for a more transparent and accountable FIFA.''

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