CONCACAF’s Support Helps Elect Blatter FIFA President

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CONCACAF’s 100 per cent support for Joseph A. Sepp Blatter of Switzerland led to his election as President of FIFA at the FIFA Congress in Paris in June. “We are delighted that our votes were the crucial ones which elected the man best equipped to lead football into the new millenium,” said CONCACAF President Jack Warner.

All of CONCACAF’s 35 votes were cast for Mr. Blatter who led on the first ballot by 111 to 80, only 17 votes short of the required two thirds majority. His opponent, the President of UEFA, Lennart Johansson, then conceded before the second round in which only a simple majority was required.

“The global view which Mr. Blatter has always espoused has always attracted us,” said Mr. Warner. “Thus we were solidly behind Mr. Blatter from the start. We believe he will be of tremendous support to all corners of the world, especially those who are developing and growing- as we are in CONCACAF.”

Since his election, Mr. Blatter has formulated "The FIFA President's 11-point Programme," which consists of the following items: 1. The World Cup, Korea/Japan 2002; 2. Football and its implications to health; 3. The International Centre for Sports Studies at Neuchatel University (Switzerland); 4. SOS Children's Villages, the charity organization supported by FIFA; 5. Dialogue with government authorities, particularly the European Union, regarding political interference in football; 6. Relations with other sports organizations, particularly the IOC regarding the future of football at the Olympic Games; 7. The distribution policy of the World Cup television rights to ensure that as many viewers as possible can continue to see television broadcasts free of extra charges; 8. The use of revenue from the television and marketing contracts; 9. The trend towards creating independent leagues, or leagues founded by major clubs; 10. Further improvement to refereeing standards with the aim of enabling referees to serve football more fully; 11. Enhancing the role of the Confederations.