Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hammam's proposal rejected

FIFA's executive on Friday also rejected a proposal by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Hammam to limit FIFA’s presidential term to eight years.

Members voted 15 to 5, with one abstension, said FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

The rejection of Hammam's proposal is the first blow to his hopes of mounting a significant challenge to Blatter in next year's FIFA presidential elections. Blatter is standing for a fourth term in 2011.

Blatter said: "They have repeated that this is nothing personal but the executive committee was of the opinion that this is a matter for the FIFA Congress.

"The arguments which were brought forward were why should the FIFA presidential office be touched by such a limit and none of the confederation presidents? If there should be such a limit of mandates then it should be valid for everybody in FIFA and not just the president."

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