English FA call for FIFA election postponement
London: The English Football Association called on Tuesday for the scandal-tainted FIFA presidential election to be postponed to give "any alternative reforming candidate" to Sepp Blatter a chance to stand.
Football Association Chairman David Bernstein said the events of recent days had "reinforced" the FA`s decision made earlier this month to abstain in the election, and he called for other national associations to support its stance.
Bernstein called for associations to push "to postpone the election and give credibility to this process, so any alternative reforming candidate could have the opportunity to stand for President".
The FA also called for FIFA to appoint an independent body "to make recommendations regarding improved governance and compliance procedures and structures throughout the FIFA decision-making processes for consideration by the full membership."
Bernstein added: "This has been a very damaging time for the reputation of FIFA and therefore the whole of football.
"To improve confidence in the way the game is governed at the very top, we believe these requests would be a positive step forward and the minimum that should take place."
Football`s world governing body has descended into chaos with the suspension of Blatter`s election rival Mohamed bin Hammam and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner following allegations they offered bribes in the campaign to oust Blatter.
The suspension of Asian football chief bin Hammam, who has denied any wrongdoing, has left the way clear for Blatter to be re-elected unopposed at FIFA`s congress on Wednesday. England`s bid to host the 2018 World Cup received just two votes in a process won by Russia last December.