FIFA’s executive committee is set to debate whether to delay February’s Presidential Election, following the suspension of its three most powerful figures. Current President Sepp Blatter has promised to step down in February due to allegations of corruption with the organisation.
Blatter was yesterday suspended for 90 days, along with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and UEFA president Michel Platini. Platini is alleged to have accepted a £1.3m payment from Blatter. The payment was made in 2011. The payment is allegedly for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002. At that time Blatter was in his first term as FIFA president and Platini helped him win the election was paid as a consultant.
However the payment wasn’t executed until February 2011. Just three months after Qatar had controversially won the right to host the 2022 World Cup with the help of Platini. And three months before Blatter was re-elected as president unopposed. Valcke has been suspended over allegations involving the re-sale of World Cup tickets.
The suspensions of three of leading figures in world football’s administration is latest in a long line of corruption allegations against FIFA. It is an organisation running in effect without a president. His right-hand man has been suspended along with him. And Platini, the man backed by many including the English FA to be elected next president of FIFA and clean up the disgraced organisation has also been suspended.
If before yesterday’s confirmation of the suspensions. Platini announced he would still be putting his name forward as a candidate for the FIFA presidency despite the allegations. And he had already secured the five nominations he required to do. You would have to doubt now whether he can be elected to be president by an organisation that has banned him for a period that covers the date when the Presidential candidates have to put their names forward.