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Sepp Blatter must leave FIFA now says Adrian Bevington

Bevington believes Blatter must leave FIFA now
Image: Bevington believes Blatter must leave FIFA now

Former Club England managing director Adrian Bevington says it is 'not sustainable’ for Sepp Blatter to remain as FIFA President until his successor is elected.

Blatter says he will stay on in the role for at least several months, to allow time for a proper election to replace him.  

But Bevington believes it’s untenable for him to remain in interim charge, telling Sky Sports News HQ: “There needs to be a full external audit of what’s gone on, and I don’t think that can be conducted by anyone who is in the FIFA hierarchy as it currently stands.

“I don’t think it sits comfortably with most people that Blatter, who has taken the decision to step down, remains in charge.”

Sepp Blatter departs after announcing his resignation
Image: Sepp Blatter says he will remain in charge until a successor is elected

According to Sky sources, Prince Ali of Jordan is investigating if FIFA rules would allow him to be declared interim president before a fresh election, and Bevington says he’d be “a lot more comfortable with that situation.

“Prince Ali was a very credible candidate. He’s a man of high regard and integrity and he would bring a level of transparency to FIFA during this very difficult time for them.”

FIFA vice-president and contender for the role of FIFA President Prince Ali bin al Hussein delivers his speech
Image: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: Looking to take over the FIFA hotseat immediately

Bevington also told Sky Sports News HQ that he understands UEFA’s decision to postpone this week’s planned meeting between members of the governing body: “There will no doubt still be conversations going on while they’re in Berlin [for Saturday’s Champions League final].

“[But] it makes a lot of sense for them to cool it down from a formal point of view and let the Champions League final be the showpiece.”

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