Fouls and unfair tackles in FIFA campaign

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

FIFA lurches into a special Congress and presidential election this week.

Seoul:

World soccer's governing body FIFA lurches into a special Congress and presidential election this week with its mottos "For the Good of the Game" and "Fair Play, Please", in shreds. Explosive allegations of corruption and cover-ups at the top have plunged the soccer authority into the worst crisis of its 98-year-old history and overshadowed the start of the planet's most watched sporting showcase, the World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter - who is bidding for another four-year term - maintains the accusations are all part of a smear campaign spearheaded by UEFA President Lennart Johansson to unseat him and ultimately gain more influence for Europe within the global sport. "After 27 years of working for FIFA, I feel like I'm in the wrong movie," the 66-year-old former Swiss army colonel has repeatedly said of the accusations. His rival, 55-year old African soccer chief Issa Hayatou, is campaigning on a platform of trying to clean up FIFA's shattered image and restore its credibility. (AP)

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