English FA chairman David Bernstein calls for Fifa to postpone presidential election

Chief wants other national associations to support him during ‘damaging’ time for Fifa, and explains reasons behind decision to abstain from voting in the election
David Bernstein has released a statement confirming that the FA wants Fifa to postpone the presidential election.

Current president Sepp Blatter is the only person in the running for the position after Mohamed Bin Hammam pulled out following his suspension after bribery allegations.

The FA has already confirmed that they have chosen to abstain from voting in the elections following corruption allegations, and now Bernstein is urging other national associations support them and has called for a "genuinely independent external party" to make recommendations to Fifa.

The statement reads: “On 19 May 2011 The Football Association announced it would be abstaining in the forthcoming election for the Fifa Presidency.

“There were two main reasons for this decision. First, a concern, that a series of allegations relating to Fifa ExCo Members made it difficult to support either candidate.

"Secondly, a concern about the lack of transparency and accountability within the organisation, contributing to the current unsatisfactory situation.

“Events of the last few days have reinforced our views, and we call on Fifa and ask other national associations to support us with two initiatives.

“First, to postpone the election and give credibility to this process, so any alternative reforming candidate could have the opportunity to stand for President.

“Secondly, to appoint a genuinely independent external party to make recommendations regarding improved governance and compliance procedures and structures throughout the Fifa decision making processes for consideration by the full membership.

“This has been a very damaging time for the reputation of Fifa and therefore the whole of football. To improve confidence in the way the game is governed at the very top, we believe these requests would be a positive step forward and the minimum that should take place.”

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