BBC, Sky propose FIFA presidential debate with Sepp Blatter, challengers

Monday March 2nd, 2015

BBC and Sky have reached out to incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his three challengers to propose a television debate ahead of May’s election for a new four-year presidential term, according to the Associated Press.

The two broadcasters are proposing a one-hour "fans' congress" that would be aired live on television, online and on Facebook.

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Blatter, 78, is seeking his fifth term as the head of FIFA. FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Portuguese great Luis Figo and Dutch football association president Michael van Praag are running against Blatter, who first took office in 1998.

Prince Ali and Figo have already said they are willing to participate in a debate, according to the AP. The debate would include audience questions and supporters from all 209 FIFA nations would be invited.

Blatter is viewed as the overwhelming favorite to win the May 29 election. 

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Under Blatter's leadership, FIFA has come under scrutiny for a lack of transparency, particularly during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar.

- Phil Watson

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