SFA wants six-month delay
The SFA has joined its English equivalent in asking for the postponement of Wednesday's Fifa election.
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Last Updated: 31/05/11 3:12pm
The Scottish Football Association has joined its English equivalent in asking for the postponement of Wednesday's Fifa presidential election.
On Tuesday morning the chairman of the English FA, David Bernstein, revealed that he had made a request in the wake of the corruption allegations which have tarnished Fifa over the past month.
The SFA has now followed that action and would like to see Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who is set to stand for re-election without opposition, announce a postponement of up to six months.
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has also echoed the FA's calls for an independent ethics committee to investigate the bribery accusations, which have seen Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam and Fifa vice-president Jack Warner suspended.
Regan told Sky Sports News: "Our view is that, given the chaos that seems to be present right now, we think that the election should be postponed.
"We have discussed it as a board and we believe that to elect Sepp Blatter for a period of four years, with all of this investigation into corruption within the organisation going on, would not be the right thing to do.
"We are not saying that there is anything Sepp Blatter has done personally or been involved in.
"But clearly to have an election for four years we need to be sure that a process has been gone through and we would like the ethics committee to be appointed as a totally independent body to put to bed once and for all any concerns about corruption within the organisation."
The SFA also believes that it could take up to half-a-year for an independent ethics committee, as opposed to the in-house Fifa version, to investigate the mass of allegations.
Blatter, who held a heated and tangled press conference on Monday afternoon in Zurich, has dodged the subject, but the SFA has no doubts.
Asked about the timeframe of the postponement, Regan said: "Potentially three to six months would be a realistic period of time for any independent ethics committee to get together to review all of the facts and to actually come up with recommendations based on transparency and based upon accountable procedures being put in place."
He added: "Doing nothing is not a viable option. If we do nothing, we can see the election going ahead tomorrow and Sepp Blatter being appointed for a period of four years.
"We think that in order to gain some kind of momentum there needs to be affirmative action.
"The FA have come out and stated that they believe the election should be postponed. We are also of the same mind.
"We watched the press conference unfold yesterday and we felt that Sepp Blatter had been cleared from any personal involvement in any of these allegations. But two of the executive committee members had been suspended.
"To actually go through an election whilst that investigation is ongoing we think isn't the right thing to do."
Uefa president Michel Platini has confirmed that a 75 per cent majority support of the 208 member nations of Fifa would be required for any postponement.
But Regan has yet to hear from other nations, as he said: "Not at this stage, because clearly we have only just arrived at the Scottish FA position as far as our board is concerned.
"We will be discussing the matter with other member associations over the course of the next 24 hours."
There have been calls for Blatter to stand down amid the murky controversy, but Regan does not believe there is a need for rash decisions.
He said: "I don't think it is a matter of resignation for Sepp Blatter. I think at this stage you need to separate out the wrongdoing that has clearly gone on within the organisation and the allegations that have been made from the process of transparency and accountability and good governance."