FIFA Refuses To Postpone Presidental Election

You didn't think the demand from the England FA that the FIFA presidential election should be postponed would actually happen, did you? Because it most definitely hasn't. FA chief David Bernstein put the matter to a vote following Mohamed bin Hammam's ineligibility to run against incumbent Sepp Blatter, leaving Blatter to run unopposed, but Bernstein received just 17 out of 206 possible votes in favour of a postponement, with a further 17 abstentions. Worse, several took the opportunity to dismiss Bernstein out of hand as a whiner, with senior vice-president Julio Grondona seemingly relishing the chance to mock the English:

We always have attacks from England which are mostly lies with the support of journalism which is more busy lying than telling the truth. This upsets and disturbs the Fifa family. It looks like England is always complaining so please I say will you leave the Fifa family alone, and when you speak, speak with truth.

The election will go ahead as planned and Sepp Blatter will run unopposed (and presumably he'll win). It's worth remembering that while Blatter is wildly unpopular in English-speaking areas of the world, the attitudes of those elsewhere towards him are markedly different, and it shouldn't come as any surprise that so many FAs are supporting him. This, in other words, was a bit of a fool's errand by Bernstein.

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