Elections Stir Waters in FIFA Amid Corruption Scandal
It is expected that all 209 FIFA members will determine the future president of the organization Friday. The vote will be executed amidst the corruption scandal, involving high level officials.
Current President and largely considered favorite for the position Sepp Blatter (aged 79) is no longer likely to win the confidence vote. His main competitor is the Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan (aged 39).
The winning candidate needs to get at least 140 (two thirds) of the total votes in order to win. The results will be announced until the end of the day.
Sepp Blatter made a statement Thursday on account of the corruption scandal, and assured that he has no intention of stepping down and will not be assuming the responsibility for the actions of the accused officials.
The corruption scandal involving high FIFA officials also involved an international investigation and joint efforts by the US Department of Justice and the Swiss Attorney General.
Meanwhile, a number of the most prominent sponsors of the football organization have stated that they are likely to withdraw their support on account of its tarnished reputation.
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