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CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA president
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:05:47 PM »
CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA presidentBy RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
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tweet0EmailPrintNEW YORK (AP)—The 35 CONCACAF members are likely to vote as a bloc at the June 1 election for FIFA president, according to the secretary general for the North and Central America and Caribbean region.

Chuck Blazer said discussion on the issue will intensify during the CONCACAF Congress in Miami on May 3.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is seeking a fourth term and may be opposed by Mohamed bin Hammam in the vote by the FIFA Congress. Pele has suggested UEFA President Michel Platini might also run.

CONCACAF has 35 votes, while Europe, Africa and Asia have about 50 apiece. South America and Asia have about 10 each.

“We have by and large had a history of voting collectively, so each national association places its own vote but does it I think in what will be the best interest collectively (of) the confederation, depending on the discussions that we would have at that time,” Blazer said Tuesday during a conference call.

The only American on FIFA’s ruling 24-man executive committee, Blazer is still upset the group didn’t increase CONCACAF’s berths for the 2014 World Cup to four. The committee voted last week that CONCACAF will remain at three automatic berths, with the chance for a fourth in a playoff.

“They knew I was angry when I sat in the room with them,” he said. “It was a situation where they were each maintaining their own interests.”

Because of the decision, CONCACAF will spend the next 10 days working on a revised World Cup qualifying format. The initial proposal would have required 24 games and eliminated the chance for the U.S. and Mexico to play each other.

Blazer also said CONCACAF may not send a representative to the 2015 Copa America, South America’s quadrennial championship. The U.S. went to the 2007 tournament and Mexico is going this year.

“Don’t put any bet on it happening the next time,” he said.

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Re: CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA president
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 06:33:17 AM »
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FIFA vice-president and Concacaf president Jack Warner has positioned himself to be a major figure in the organisation’s presidential elections in June.

Concacaf are the only confederation who will block-vote, meaning their 35 member countries will decide if Asia’s candidate, Mohamed bin Hammam, or Sepp Blatter will be in charge for a fourth term.

Warner betrayed the England 2018 World Cup bid team after putting his arm around Prince William and said, “You have my vote”, before supporting winners Russia.

He is so powerful that he will decide who the North, Central American and Caribbean football associations will vote for.

The FA, who went out of their way to court Warner in their failed bid, will drop their support for Caribbean football in response as they are backing bin Hammam.

Warner has a controversial history. As well as lying to the 2018 bid team, he withheld World Cup bonuses to the Trinidad and Tobago squad in 2006 and BBC’s Panorama showed he was involved in black-market ticket sales.

But Hammam, who would be tied with Blatter in supporters from other confederations, will not declare his running until he receives backing at the UEFA Congress in Paris on March 22

The Qatari may leave his announcement until the March 31 deadline so as to confuse UEFA chief Michel Platini, who may also stand against Blatter if Hammam is competing.

Platini wanted the presidency for 2015, but Hammam is likely to serve two terms if he wins in 2011.
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Re: CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA president
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 07:05:04 PM »
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Michel Platini and Jack Warner key figures in Fifa presidency battle
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 08:16:49 AM »
Michel Platini and Jack Warner key figures in Fifa presidency battle
By Matt Scott (guardian.co.uk)


Michel Platini and Jack Warner are emerging as the kingmakers in Fifa's forthcoming presidential election, which looks increasingly certain to be contested between Sepp Blatter – the incumbent – and Mohamed bin Hammam.

The Guardian disclosed on Thursday that Bin Hammam is preparing to mount a challenge against the incumbent Fifa president and that he will reveal his hand within 10 days. The Qatari is firmly expected to press ahead with long-standing plans to unseat Blatter and his key battlegrounds will be the Caribbean islands, North and Central America and Europe.

Winning Warner's support would be crucial to Bin Hammam's hopes of ending Blatter's 13-year reign over world football. Warner is the Concacaf president and his region is, in terms of Fifa politics, more significant even than the Latin American confederation that contains Brazil and Argentina. That is because he wields an influence over 35 votes in the election at the Fifa congress on 31 May and 1 June, compared with the 10 votes from South America.

Such is Warner's notorious inscrutability that both Blatter – despite his long-term alliance with the Trinidadian – and Bin Hammam will need to court him over the coming weeks.

If the experience of England's 2018 World Cup bid is any guide, then neither can be sure of Warner's vote until it has been stuffed into the ballot box. He faithfully promised both David Cameron and Prince William that he would vote for England last December, before switching his allegiance at the last minute.

Warner does not speak for all 35 votes and faces problems in his own constituency. Key figures inside Jamaica's federation are growing uneasy about the distribution of television rights, and Antigua and Barbuda have clashed with the Concacaf president over governance. Even so, Warner is a canny operator and will make clear that his region represents a sixth of all the available votes.

Intriguingly, observers assess that Concacaf's recent attempt to request a fourth qualification slot for the World Cup – currently it has three automatic places and a play-off place – was an effort to inspect the political map. "Now Warner knows who's against him," said one. "Asia, Africa and, clearly, Uefa."

Platini, the head of European football, is a potential barrier to Bin Hammam's ambitions. He has rejected urgings from the Qatari to challenge Blatter after declaring he would stand uncontested this month for a second term as Uefa president.

Platini intends to be elected Fifa president in 2015, and Bin Hammam taking over as head of the organisation would complicate those plans for the former France captain. This means Platini is likely to urge his closest allies in the European federations to swing behind Blatter.

"If Bin Hammam goes for the presidency, Platini has a problem because he will be out for eight years," said one senior figure in football politics, reflecting the likelihood that Bin Hammam would serve two terms. "He will be well into his 60s by then. Will people want to elect him for his first term then?"

South America is Bin Hammam's heartland, where it is believed he enjoys overwhelming support. Informed observers also suggest that much of Africa, with its 53 votes, Oceania (11) and Asia (46) could be persuaded to support the challenger's campaign.

With almost 12 weeks still to go before the election date – and with Bin Hammam still not even officially declared – it is impossible to call, even for the contenders themselves. "There are a lot of personal feelings going into it," another senior figure in football political circles said. "You don't know how deep the personal politics of it run; all the snubs and the bickering over the years. It will all count."

Another football grandee had some advice for Bin Hammam, who has so far been careful not to criticise Blatter, on how to conduct his campaign. "With two months to go it's got to be a campaign against the incumbent," the insider said. "He has to explain why he is better than Blatter."

Whether the election is fought over policies or personalities, the true direction of the tide will not be known until the final hours of the race. "People like to back a winner in football," said one highly placed observer. "No one will want to commit themselves until they know who will win."

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Re: CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA president
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2011, 01:55:28 PM »
Picture this Jack Warner President of FIFA. What a f@?K&:g nighmare.
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Re: CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA president
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2011, 02:09:11 PM »
Picture this Jack Warner President of FIFA. What a f@?K&:g nighmare.

Who yuh think pulling all the strings?

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011, 08:13:17 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2011, 09:52:27 AM »
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Re: CONCACAF likely to vote as bloc for FIFA president
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, 08:48:03 PM »
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