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UEFA calls for postponement of FIFA elections, may boycott FIFA congress

05/27/2015 01:50 EDT | Updated 05/27/2016 05:59 EDT
WARSAW, Poland - UEFA says the election scheduled Friday to elect FIFA's president should be postponed and that it will consider boycotting this week's FIFA congress following the arrests of soccer officials in Zurich.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino says the corruption investigations into FIFA "tarnish the image of football as a whole" and said European football associations will debate on Thursday whether to boycott the Zurich congress.

Infantino says the executive committee of European soccer's ruling body, which met Wednesday, wants "a change to the leadership" of FIFA, with the congress to be postponed and new elections held within six months.

UEFA's leadership has supported Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan in the FIFA ballot scheduled for Friday, where FIFA President Sepp Blatter is strongly favoured to win a fifth, four-year term.

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