Blatter calls for unity against corruption ‘storm’
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Blatter calls for unity against corruption ‘storm’

Kenny Awotorebo

FIFA leader Sepp Blatter appealed for unity among football’s warring factions as he opened the congress of the world ruling body overshadowed by a major corruption scandal.

Blatter told delegates that the arrest of seven top officials in Zurich on Wednesday had unleashed a “storm”, but added: “Today I appeal for a team spirit, unity, so we can advance together. It may not be easy but that is why we are here today.”

FIFA will hold a presidential election on Friday and Blatter is favourite to win having defiantly rejected calls by UEFA leader Michel Platini to stand down.

Two pro-Palestinian demonstrators were taken out of the hall just after the opening speech. Palestine wants to hold a vote to expel Israel because of its treatment of Palestinian footballers.

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