FIFA election for Blatter’s successor on Feb 26
The FIFA executive, including rivals Blatter and Platini, agreed the date at a meeting in Zurich where the “exraordinary elective FIFA congress” will be held.
Blatter announced on June 2, four days after winning a fifth term as president, that he would stand down as a major corruption storm hit world football’s ruling body.
The decision was a victory for Blatter who had wanted the vote pushed back until 2016. UEFA and some other regional bodies had sought a December election.
Blatter was to announce at a later press conference whether the executive committee agreed to first reform measures for the multi-billion dollar body.
FIFA is still reeling from the arrest of seven officials at a Zurich congress two days before Blatter won reelection on May 29.
The seven are among 14 people -- soccer officials and sports business executives -- accused by US authorities over more than 150 million in bribes paid to secure television and marketing contracts for football tournaments.
Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb appeared in a New York court on Saturday after being extradited from Switzerland last week. He denied bribery charges but was only released on 10 million bail.
Swiss authorities are in parallel investigating the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. The 60-year-old Frenchman is closing on a campaign after getting verbal support from four of the six regional confederations that make up football’s world body, the source told AFP.
Blatter news conference at FIFA delayed by British comedian
Sepp Blatter’s news conference at FIFA was disrupted and delayed on Monday by a British comedian’s stunt.
As Blatter took his seat, performer Simon Brodkin rose from a front-row seat to speak and shower the FIFA president with what appeared to be fake money bills. “This is for North Korea 2026,” Brodkin said as he put the notes on the desk in front of Blatter.
“Thank you very much. As a North Korean football ambassador, I’m delighted that I’ve been able to seal the deal with FIFA and North Korea for the 2026 World Cup. It makes sense for everyone.”
Throwing money in the air as security led him away, Brodkin said: “Here we go Sepp. Thank you. Cheers Sepp. It’s all there, as discussed. Thank you. Good doing business.”
The comedian also tried to disrupt a performance by Kanye West at the Glastonbury festival in Britain last month.