FIFA is asking its presidential candidates to avoid discussing the organization’s numerous scandals ahead of and after its Friday election, according to two confidential memos acquired by The Wall Street Journal.
The memos asked the candidates to highlight reform efforts within FIFA and avoid discussing details from corruption scandals that have been the driving narrative of the organization for much of the last year.
The memo reportedly provided over 40 sample questions candidates may face in post-election press conferences, and also provided answers for the candidates to use. FIFA has even asked the five presidential candidates to submit drafts of their acceptance speeches by Wednesday night for approval.
Other topics in the memos include telling the media the presidential campaign was a transparent process and speaking respectfully about outgoing president Sepp Blatter.
FIFA is holding an extraordinary congress Friday to replace Blatter, who announced his resignation last June amid a U.S. federal investigation into FIFA corruption and was eventually banned for eight years. His suspension was reduced to six years on Wednesday.