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John Delaney: Sepp Blatter should step aside

John Delaney said Fifa president Sepp Blatter should step down for "the good of the game"
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IRELAND football boss John Delaney has called on Fifa president Sepp Blatter to step down for "the good of the game".

The Football Association of Ireland chief executive said they would vote against Mr Blatter in Friday's Fifa presidential election.

"Regardless of the good he claims to have done during his tenure, he has to recognise that Fifa has an incredibly bad brand image. We won't be voting for him," Mr Delaney said.

He added: "If he was doing the right thing by football, which he says he cares and loves, then he should step aside and let somebody else come forward and improve the image of the world game."

England's and Scotland's football associations intend to support Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, the only other candidate in the election in Zurich.

But Mr Blatter (79) is favourite to win a fifth four-year term despite saying in 2011 he would step down.

Current Fifa vice president Jim Boyce could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The 71-year-old from Belfast was president of Northern Ireland's football organising body, the Irish Football Association, for 12 years from 1995 to 2007.

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