Blatter Gets Boost Amid Corruption Chaos with Oceania Backing
By Community | May 12, 2011
Despite untimely fresh allegations of corruption within FIFA, the current president of world soccer’s governing body Sepp Blatter has received another boost in his bid to re-elected for a fourth term after the Oceania confederation confirmed their support for the Swiss.
Blatter is widely expected to gain the support of CONCACAF at the elections, as well as UEFA, who last week confirmed their backing for the 75-year-old, up against Qatari Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Oceania have followed suit following a meeting of their executive committee in Auckland today, May 12, with a statement revealing Blatter’s “significant impact” on the region during his 13 years in office had been a determining factor.
The statement read: “As the 61st FIFA Congress draws closer, OFC has confirmed its support for the re-election of FIFA president Joseph Blatter citing a range of initiatives that have positively impacted the region under his leadership.
“The OFC Executive Committee met in Auckland today to discuss key issues including the upcoming FIFA election that will be held in Zurich on the 1st of June.
“OFC President David Chung says all members agreed that the current FIFA administration has had a significant impact on the development and popularity of football across the Pacific.
“While all Member Associations have an independent right to decide on which candidate to vote for, President Chung says today’s decision highlights the unity and transparency within the Confederation.”