Special congress ends in jeers for Blatter

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Special congress called to examine FIFA's finances ended in booing and jeers.

Special congress ends in jeers for Blatter

Seoul:

A special congress called to examine FIFA's finances ended in booing and jeers today, as delegates opposed to Sepp Blatter's re-election as President of soccer's governing body claimed he deliberately ignored their questions.Blatter, who faces a vote tomorrow against African soccer head Issa Hayatou for FIFA's top job, was accused of allowing only national federations that support him to ask questions of the finance committee.Michel Zen-Ruffinen, FIFA general-secretary and Blatter's right-hand man until he was gagged earlier this month after making allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption against the president, described today's extraordinary congress as scandalous.Zen-Ruffinen, who declared at the start of the meeting he wouldn't fulfill his ceremonial duties of chairing the meeting or be held liable for a report on FIFA's finances that was presented to it, said he was "completely appalled" by Blatter's undemocratic actions.Blatter "took questions from associations solely on his own judgment," Zen-Ruffinen said.Blatter closed the extraordinary congress before delegates from 15 national associations, including England, Somalia, Tunisia and the Netherlands, had been given a chance to take the floor. (AP)



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