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  • 10 June 2014, 21:04

Fifa's Blatter Told Not To Stand For Re-Election

FA boss Greg Dyke has urged Sepp Blatter not to stand for re-election as president of Fifa to help restore the image of football's world governing body.

At a meeting of European football officials he challenged MrBlatter on his record and his recent attack on the British media.

After the meeting in Sao Paulo, Mr Dyke told Sky Sports News it was time for MrBlatter to go.

His comments come after MrBlatter said fresh corruption allegations about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were motivated by racism.

"I said to him, 'I regard the comments you made yesterday about allegations in the British media in which you described them as racist as totally unacceptable'," Mr Dyke said.

"The allegations being made are nothing to do with the racism, they are allegations about corruption. Fifa is a suspect organisation where there has been an awful lot of corruption."

Asked about the presidentialelection next year, he said: "The FA hasn't taken a decision yet but we want competition, we want different candidates. I think the view is it is probably time for change, yes."

Mr Dyke's call was backed by his counterpart at the Dutch FA Michael Van Praag, who was also unequivocal.

"When people talk about Fifa they talk about corruption, bribery etc," he said.

"Yes, Blatter is leading reforms, but he was also in charge when it went wrong and he has to bear responsibility for that."

The European intervention comes as MrBlatter prepares to confirm he will stand for a fifth term as President next summer, despite promising three years ago he would quit in 2015.

Fifa has commissioned an American attorney Michael Garcia to investigate claims about Qatar and until Monday MrBlatter had not commented.

But he then told delegates from Asia and Africa that the allegations in the Sunday Times were motivated by racism, leading many to conclude he is not taking theissue seriously.

The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday when hosts Brazil play Croatia at the Arenade Sao Paulo.

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