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European football's governing body, that includes former FA chairman Geoff Thompson, "strongly recommends" that all their member associations follow suit in backing the Swiss

Uefa’s executive committee have offered Sepp Blatter their "unanimous support", asking their 53 member associations to vote for him to remain as Fifa president in next month's elections.

This will come as something of a blow to Blatter's rival in the elections, Mohamed Bin Hammam, with the presidential vote due to take place on June 1.

The endorsement deal, which was signed by Uefa president Michel Platini, "strongly recommended" that the organisation should side with Blatter.

Uefa’s statement read: "The Uefa executive committee has decided to give its unanimous support to Mr Joseph S Blatter in the upcoming Fifa presidential elections and strongly recommends all Uefa member associations to do likewise."

Fifa have been subject to much scrutiny since allegations of corruption over the decisions of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals although Blatter has responded by promising more transparency along with other brand new initiatives.

The FA board were left bitterly disappointed after they were embarrassingly knocked out in the first round of voting for the 2018 World Cup although that has not stopped former FA chairman and Fifa vice-president Geoff Thompson offering his backing to Blatter as part of the Uefa executive committee.


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