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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

England, sponsors add to Blatter’s problems


ZURICH – The turmoil surrounding FIFA escalated Tuesday with calls for the presidential election to be postponed and leading global sponsors expressing concern that the corruption scandal is damaging the image of the game.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter

With incumbent Sepp Blatter the only candidate for president, the English and Scottish Football Associations said Wednesday’s election lacked the credibility FIFA needed to counter the flood of allegations rocking the sport’s global body.

Blatter’s only challenger, Mohamed bin Hammam, withdrew Sunday amid bribery allegations.

The English FA called for more time to allow “any alternative reforming candidate” to come forward to challenge Blatter, who has been president for 13 years and is seeking a final four-year term.



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