AFC Backs Blatter To Continue As FIFA President, Amidst Corruption Scam
A day after Swiss authorities arrested senior FIFA officials over corruption and racketerring charges, the Asian Football Confederation said it still supports Sepp Blatter’s bid for another term as the President of the association.
Soccer’s world governing body was thrown into turmoil on Wednesday when senior officials were arrested in a luxury Zurich hotel to face racketeering charges.
In a statement on its website, the AFC expressed its “disappointment and sadness” at Wednesday’s events but also said it “reiterates its decision taken at the AFC Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014…. to support FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.”
The European federation UEFA had called for Friday’s elections in Zurich to be postponed due to the arrests and allegations, but the AFC said it was “opposing any delay”.