FIFA of­fi­cials meet be­hind closed doors

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

ZURICH — Sepp Blat­ter hosted Michel Pla­tini and football’s other con­ti­nen­tal pres­i­dents on Sun­day, in their first for­mal meet­ing since the FIFA pres­i­dent an­nounced he would leave of­fice amid a cor­rup­tion cri­sis. The closed-door meet­ing at FIFA head­quar­ters was to help pre­pare for an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee ses­sion on Mon­day, called at short no­tice to set a date for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to re­place Blat­ter. Pla­tini, the UEFA pres­i­dent, is cur­rently favoured to win a bal­lot that re­quires a four­month cam­paign by FIFA elec­tion rules. The for­mer France great, smil­ing and ap­pear­ing re­laxed, de­clined to dis­cuss the con­tent of Sun­day’s meet­ing on re­turn­ing to FIFA’s favourite Baur au Lac ho­tel.

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