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UEFA want Blatter to leave swiftly

Blatter will come under pressure from UEFA. Credit: PA

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will come under pressure to agree to an early date for the election of his successor at the first meeting of the world governing body's executive committee since the corruption crisis exploded.

The meeting in Zurich on Monday will allocate the date for a special Congress to elect a new president after Blatter's announcement last month that he will step down.

That decision followed mounting pressure on FIFA following a series of arrests, including of seven FIFA officials in Zurich, following an FBI investigation and separate probes by Swiss authorities into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

There were also revelations of bribes paid for votes for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and increasing concerns from FIFA's sponsors.

Blatter has stated he wants to remain in office until the new election, to be held between December and March, but UEFA wants the 79-year-old to step down as soon as possible, and by December at the latest.

A likely date of the FIFA election looks to be in mid-January - UEFA had been pushing for December 16 but that would clash with FIFA's Club World Cup competition in Japan.


Millennium Stadium to host Champions League final

Uefa has confirmed that Cardiff will host European football's biggest game. Credit: PA

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the Champions League final in 2017, Uefa has confirmed.

The executive committee of European football's governing body convened in Prague for a meeting which touched upon on a variety of subjects, including the appointment of club competition final venues in two years' time.

Cardiff has long been reported to be among the frontrunners for the 2017 Champions League final and the Millennium Stadium was confirmed as host by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino on Tuesday.

Sepp Blatter: Will not forget Uefa 'hate campaign'

Newly-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he will not forget the "hate campaign" launched against him by Uefa, who have led calls for him to resign.

Sepp Blatter: will not forget Uefa 'hate campaign' Credit: Patrick Seeger/DPA/Press Association Images

Uefa president Michel Platini personally asked Blatter to resign over the corruption scandal, and appealed for members to vote him out at yesterday's closely watched election battle.

Blatter told Swiss TV station RTS

It is a hate that comes not just from a person at Uefa - it comes from the Uefa organisation that cannot understand that in 1998 I became president." Asked if he would forgive Platini.

I forgive everyone but I do not forget.

– Sepp Blatter

He suggested the timing of a police swoop at a Zurich hotel on Wednesday, when seven Fifa football officials were arrested in connection with decades of alleged rampant corruption and fraud, was "an attempt to interfere with the congress."

He added: "I am not certain but it doesn't smell good."

Gill will not take Fifa role after 'damaging' Blatter re-election

David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his role on the Fifa executive committee after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as President.

David Gill Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

As I explained to my European colleagues at the Uefa meeting on Thursday, I will not be taking my place on the Fifa Executive Committee. Out of respect for the Fifa Congress and the other 208 member associations, it was right to wait until after yesterday's election to confirm my decision.

This action is not something I take lightly but the terribly damaging events of the last three days have convinced me it is not appropriate to be a member of the Fifa Executive Committee under the current leadership. I do recognise that Mr Blatter has been democratically elected and wish Fifa every success in tackling the many troubling issues it faces. However, my professional reputation is critical to me and I simply do not see how there will be change for the good of world football while Mr Blatter remains in post.

I will continue to focus on my positions within The FA and Uefa, which I take seriously and am privileged to hold.

– David Gill statement

Uefa president reiterates his desire for change at Fifa

Uefa president Michel Platini reiterated his desire for change within Fifa as he congratulated Prince Ali Bin al Hussein for his "admirable campaign".

Prince Ali Bin al Hussein (left) and Uefa President Michel Platini. Credit: Melanie Duchene / Zuma Press/PA Images

Platini, who said he had asked Blatter to resign as Fifa president before the election, said, "I am proud that Uefa has defended and supported a movement for change at Fifa, change which in my opinion is crucial if this organisation is to regain its credibility."

"I congratulate my friend Prince Ali for his admirable campaign and I take the opportunity to thank all the national associations who supported him."


Uefa unhappy with Fifa reform report

The divisions between Uefa and Fifa president Sepp Blatter have grown after a report into reform proposals was watered down.

German magazine Der Spiegel claims criticism of Blatter by independent governance committee chairman Mark Pieth was removed from his final report by FIFA's legal adviser Marco Villiger.

Michel Platini, left, and Sepp Blatter, right, aren't on the best of terms. Credit: PA

Pedro Pinto, a spokesman for Uefa president Michel Platini, said: "The latest revelations regarding the Pieth report show that Fifa's independent governance committee was anything but independent.

"Uefa has always wondered why it was criticised by Mr Pieth and wrongly accused of blocking Fifa reforms. Now we understand why and where it all came from."

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