Fifa presidential elections on for Friday, despite calls for postponement

THE  extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich, where a successor to suspended President Joseph Blatter will be elected, will be held on February 26 as previously scheduled, the FIFA press service said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, media reported that FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali Hussein of Jordan had filed a complaint to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suspend elections after his proposals for transparent voting booths had been rejected.

“The extraordinary FIFA Congress was scheduled and it is scheduled to take place on Friday, the announcement was made already in July… FIFA Council’s decision stands,” the FIFA press service told R-Sport news agency.

Long-standing FIFA President Joseph Blatter, who was reelected for the fifth term, announced on June 2 his resignation amid an ongoing corruption scandal.

Apart from Hussein, the candidates for the post are Asian Football Confederation chief Salman bin Ibrahim Khalifa, Union of European Football Associations General Secretary Gianni Infantino and former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne. ANA