Fifa President told not to seek re-election next year

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been urged not to seek re-election next year by European football chiefs because of Fifa’s damaged reputation from recent corruption allegations.

Dutch FA boss Michael van Praag told Blatter, 78, that he should not seek re-election in 2015.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said Blatter’s assertion that allegations were racially motivated has some propagandist connotation. Fifa is investigating allegations around Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.

Blatter met Uefa officials at the Fifa congress in Sao Paulo on Tuesday after winning support from the world governing body’s five other confederations.

The FA told Blatter: “The allegations being made are nothing to do with racism; they are allegations about corruption and need to be investigated.

“Mr Blatter, many of us are deeply troubled by your reaction to these allegations.

“It’s time for Fifa to stop attacking the messenger, and consider and understand the message.”

The Fifa president is said to have told delegates he still wished to stand for a fifth term in next year’s election. But Uefa executive committee member Van Praag told Blatter it was time to end his reign as Fifa’s boss because its image has been damaged.

“People link Fifa to corruption and bribery and all kinds of old boy’s networks. You are not making things easy for yourself and I do not think you are the man for the job any longer,”Van Praag said.

England’s Uefa vice-president David Gill also called for Blatter not to stand again.