FA to Welcome Blatter in Presidential Campaign UK Visit

March 28, 2011

The campaign for FIFA’s presidential elections will arrive in England in an attempt to win the Football Association’s (FA) vote, with current incumbent Sepp Blatter set to be invited to a grand lunch, according to the Daily Mail.

Blatter was said to have played a pivotal role in the resounding failure of England’s 2018 World Cup bid, with then stand-in FA chairman Roger Burden ruling himself out of the post due to an unwillingness to work with the current FIFA regime.

Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter will arrive in England next week to campaign for the Football Association’s vote in the upcoming FIFA presidential elections – less than four months after suggestions that Blatter played a pivotal role in the demise of England’s 2018 World Cup bid – according to media reports.

However, new FA chairman David Bernstein is reportedly set to host a lunch at Wembley Stadium and will welcome Blatter when he arrives in the country next Monday.

Blatter is campaigning for votes for a fourth term in office, up against Mohamed bin Hammam who confirmed his candidacy just over a week ago.

Bin Hammam, who played a central role in securing the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, said the current FIFA board of 24 should be increased to 41 – a plan that would dilute the power of Europe and South America – while boosting the representation from the rest of the world. 

The 61 year-old also made it clear that he would support the introduction of goal line technology, and of the extra two officials behind the goals.