FA won’t vote for Blatter or Bin Hammam

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION has opted to abstain from the vote for the Fifa presidency.

Sepp Blatter, seeking a fourth consecutive term of office, has been challenged by Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation.

But the FA has decided not to cast a vote in light of the recent corruption allegations aimed at the world governing body.

“The FA board has today [Thursday] agreed to abstain in the vote of the presidency of Fifa,” read a statement. “There are a well-reported range of issues both recent and current which, in the view of the FA board, make it difficult to support either candidate.

“The FA values its relationships with its international partners very highly. We are determined to play an active and influential role through our representation within both Uefa and Fifa.

“We will continue to work hard to bring about any changes we think would benefit all of international football.”

Before the FA took its decision to abstain, Blatter had stated: “I think it is a little bit strange when the No1 association in the world have two candidates in front of them and cannot make a decision.”