LONDON:A conference survey of sports business leaders has ‘voted’ overwhelmingly in favour of the need for Sepp Blatter to step down as president of world football federation FIFA writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

The corporate communications operator Calacus undertook the survey among 100-plus executives at the Geneva 2014 International Sports Conference.

Though Blatter has indicated a will to seek a fifth term in office this year some 89pc of respondeeds said that they thought it was time for a fresh face.

Blatter faces two confirmed opponents in the presidential election in May in Prince Ali of Jordan, FIFA’s Asian vice-president, and former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne.

FIFA has been at the centre of controversy since the World Cup bid scandal of 2010 which remains subject of scrutiny by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, though investigator Michael Garcia quit in disgust at the row his original report sparked.

Of those surveyed, 92pc believed that football had suffered serious reputational damage through FIFA’s mishandling of the World Cup bid process and subsequent investigation.

The Calacus survey may add to concerns about FIFA’s credibility in terms of attracting sponsors. It had recently ‘lost’ both Emirates Airline and Sony.


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