FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says any delay in electing Sepp Blatter’s replacement would “create further instability” in the World Football governing body’s set-up.
Following the suspension of Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini, reports say Fifa is expected to discuss postponing the vote and Prince Ali believes a move in that direction would “tell the world lessons haven’t been learned”.
The Jordanian who came second in the last election that saw Blatter re-elected Fifa president wants to replace the suspended president of world football’s governing body in February’s election. Ali in a statement on twitter said;
“Recent events at FIFA prove no one is above the law. With crisis deepening must move beyond interim leadership and elect accountable president.
“Delaying scheduled election would only postpone needed change, create more instability & tell world that lessons haven’t been learned.
“Members of the #FIFA Executive Committee should remember that Football Associations, players, coaches and fans the world over are watching.” The Jordanian tweeted.
Members of the #FIFA Executive Committee should remember that Football Associations, players, coaches and fans the world over are watching.
— Ali Bin Al Hussein (@AliBinAlHussein) October 14, 2015
Blatter and Platini, a Fifa vice-president are both appealing against their 90-day suspensions. General secretary Jerome Valcke is also suspended. All three men have denied any wrongdoing. Platini maintains he will still stand for election on 26 February to replace Blatter.
Confederation of African Football boss Issa Hayatou is interim Fifa president.