CONCACAF Batting For Blatter

Date Published: 
1998-05-26
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, CANA:

THE Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Federations (CONCACAF) said Monday its 35 member nations will support Sepp Blatter in next month's election for the Presidency of FIFA, the governing body for world football.

In making the announcement, CONCACAF's President Jack Austin Warner of Trinidad & Tobago, said the executive committee and members of the Confederation had been thoroughly surveyed before the decision was reached.

Warner said the consensus was arrived at, after both candidates had an opportunity to present their policy and vision for FIFA to the regional football officials.

"We believe that Mr. Blatter offers continuity of thought and action and a continuation of the work of Dr. Joao Havelange. It woud be a bitter blow to Dr. Havelange's legacy if his work was not continued," Warner said in a press release.

Warner said that CONCACAF's decision did not reflect any ill feelings towards European Football Union (UEFA) President Lennart Johansson, the other candidate vying to replace the 82-year-old retiring Havelange.

"However, we feel strongly that Mr. Blatter has shown that he has a global view of the game as opposed to the Eurocentric positions so often taken by the other candidate."

"In CONCACAF, we fully recognize that our growth and development have been significantly advanced under the leadership of Dr. Havelange and Mr. Blatter. Others making similar efforts to progress and improve must surely share that recognition," Warner said.