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FIFA elections to be held in December

FIFA elections to be held in December

Scandal-hit FIFA is likely to elect a new president at an emergency meeting in Zurich in mid-December, possibly the 16th, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

“The BBC has learned that is the likely date for an emergency meeting in Zurich to decide his successor,” the report said without citing sources.

“Representatives from all 209 member associations will be invited to the Swiss city to vote in a new presidential election,” it added.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter tendered his resignation last Tuesday, less than a week after Swiss police staged a dawn raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich and arrested several officials on corruption charges filed by U.S. prosecutors in New York. The Swiss Football Administrator has been working with FIFA since 1981. He became the 8th President of FIFA in 1998, a post he has held till he tendered his resignation.

However, Blatter is intent on staying in office until his successor is appointed in the upcoming FIFA elections.

“A final decision on the date for a presidential election is not expected to be made until July, but it is believed holding an emergency congress in mid-December is Blatter’s preferred option,”

FIFA confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that its executive committee would meet in July to pick a date for the full presidential vote, with various options set to be discussed.

Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who lost out to Blatter in the FIFA elections at the 65th FIFA Congress, is tipped as a possible candidate while Chung Mong-joon, the billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai conglomerate, is also weighing up his bid to replace Blatter. Other possible candidates include David Gill, David Ginola who was backed by Paddy Power and former Balon D’Or winner, Luis Figo.

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