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Prince William backs vote delay

2011-06-01 09:39

London - Britain's Prince William on Tuesday backed the English and Scottish football associations' call for Wednesday's FIFA presidential election to be scrapped, his St James's Palace office confirmed.

The newly-married royal, who is also president of England's Football Association (FA), urged the under-fire organisation to demonstrate "transparency" in its fight against corruption claims, a palace spokesman said.

According to a palace statement, the prince was "fully supportive of the (English FA) chairperson and the initiatives the FA has recommended.

"He considers the transparency of the international governing body to be integral to the good," added the statement.

Despite the prince's intervention, the two associations have garnered little support among other FIFA members and Blatter's coronation looked set to go ahead as planned on Wednesday.

England and Scotland's ruling bodies earlier claimed the ballot was no longer viable following the wave of bribery allegations which have rocked the organisation.

English FA chairperson David Bernstein, who had earlier promised to abstain from the vote, said a postponement would allow for a credible reform candidate to run against incumbent Blatter.

 

AFP

Comments
  • afro broda - 2011-06-01 09:49

    who gives a damn about what he think. ...spoilt brits

  • Foreigner - 2011-06-01 10:21

    Yep, looks like the British isles are cheesed off alright and no one is going to stop them from MAKING A NOISE! And a noise they are making aimed at Blatter's head. Blatter is not perfect but his steady hand has made Fifa into the credible phenomenon it is today. But god-forbid should the old empire lose out to Qatar and Russia in hosting the world cup. Even the famous newly-wed (Willy i.e.) chips in with his own drivel. Not that the Spaniards, Germany, Brazilians and everyone else cares! They limit their noise to success on the football pitch, and not in tabloid noise! For heaven's sake shush! As from tomorrow, Thursday, Blatter will still be where he's been since 1998. eish!

  • Brownskin - 2011-06-01 10:47

    He should be with his wife, at a honeymoon. Sepp all the way

  • matubeng - 2011-06-01 11:08

    Haa!! Who is thisPrince?

  • guppie - 2011-06-01 11:08

    FIFA IS CORRUPT. William has every right to air his opinion as does everybody else. His position as president of English FA gives him even more right. This whole debacle shows that money rules - fair play and decency is not an option anymore.

  • Bluemas - 2011-06-01 11:12

    To hell with brits

  • supafly - 2011-06-01 11:16

    It this guy the prince of the world or of England? I'm confused at how the Brits install themselves as the custodians of world affairs! I kinda makes one want to hug Mogabe, Chavez, etc!

  • vaenylist - 2011-06-01 11:34

    Yeah...who gives a shit!

  • granadilla - 2011-06-01 11:39

    this guy should stick to choosing hats for his cousins. sepp blatter has done alot for Football, awesome world cups and champions league. quality of football is unbelivable.

  • mclarry - 2011-06-01 13:41

    Down with the corruption that is Blatter! FIFA is a farce, just the fact that Qatar won the bid confirms that pay-off's and corruption is how FIFA operates. Qatar isn't even a soccer playing nation? Blatter is a dictator and should be overthrown like the rest of them and dragged out into the street and shamed for all to see!

  • Howzitekse - 2011-06-01 18:18

    Prince William? Is'nt he UK's answer to Paris Hilton? Oh wait, no,she has a real job. How come the English do not have somebody with the class to run against Sepp?

      KanaMay - 2011-06-07 02:46

      I thought being in the army was considered a job ... or is being a soldier just a way of life for a Royal? William did fly a helicopter to rescue an ill person, which should be considered far important than rescuing the old-fashioned games which would be riddled with mistakes unless a young person takes the helm and brings in technology for fairer refereeing.

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