Fifa Presidential Election: Sepp Blatter Vote Live-Streamed


Fifa, the governing body of world football, is holding its annual congress, which will today include the vote for the organisation's president. You can watch the congress live-streamed throughout the day.

The key events that can be watched live, in UK time, are:

8.30am - Fifa Congress part 1

The focus will be on the results of Fifa's work in 2014, approval of the budget for 2016 and more.

1.00pm - Fifa Congress part 2

The focus will be on installation of the vice-presidents and members of the Executive Committee, as well as the process for the election of the Fifa President.

3.00pm Fifa presidential election

The election of the new FIFA President will be streamed live. The results should be announced around an hour later, depending on if there is a second round.

7.00pm - Fifa press conference

A media briefing is scheduled to round up the day - reportedly without the appearance of the newly-elected president.

Current president Sepp Blatter, 79, is widely expected to hold on to his role for a fifth term, but has had his credibility - already rocked by numerous scandals - seriously shaken by the arrest of senior officials on suspicion of "rampant" corruption and a criminal investigation into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

His only challenger for the role is Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, 39.

Many have called for Sepp Blatter to quit but he has refused

Even Prime Minister David Cameron has called for Blatter to step down after the most severe in a string of corruption allegations to dog his presidency, but he has refused.

Fifa has apparently postponed the planned post-vote press conference until tomorrow, The Guardian reports, meaning the winner will not speak to the media today.

The 209 football associations in Fifa will vote for who they want to be president in a secret ballot. The vote could have one or two rounds: if one candidate wins the first round of voting with two thirds of the vote, he wins without a second round, and if not then a majority in the second round determines the winner.

Blatter's possible re-election is the major event, but the congress also includes another vote, on a proposal by the Palestinian Football Association for the Israel Football Association to be banned from world football.

The political move is likely to have some support within Fifa, as the Palestinians claim that Israeli police and army checkpoints around the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank restrict movement, and therefore access to football games for supporters and players.

The congress agenda today includes an opening address from Sepp Blatter, a review of the finances of Fifa from 2011-2014 and plans for the 2016 budget, reports on the upcoming World Cups, and a move to extended the responsibility of Extension of mandates of female members of Fifa's Executive Committee who have been co-opted: elected by the existing committee.

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