Finally football supporters across the world have a date when incumbent FIFA President Sepp Blatter won’t be around any more. A date of February 26th 2016 has been set for the extraordinary congress to elect a new President.
It’s been a mess of a few months for the world football governing body. With the corruption scandals breaking just before the recent May election, when the vote went ahead Blatter won his fifth term in office and then decided to announce his resignation four days later.
Then in early June it looked as if he was reversing his decision to step away, but with the recent announcement of the extraordinary congress, Sepp Blatter showed no hints of sticking around. Between his re-election and the February date, he will still have been holding office for nine months.
No official candidate has stepped forward to replace him, at least not out of the front runners who are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (who lost May’s election to Blatter) and UEFA boss Michel Platini.
Platina has been receiving backing and the support of many football chiefs from around the world and was trimmed to 7/4 second favourite behind 11/8 favourite Al-Hussein to be elected FIFA President at bookmaker Bet365. There’s a new taskforce to clean up the game, FIFA are reforming and Blatter will be out. Something good will come of all the scandals.