FIFA debate plans disrupted following withdrawals

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale have withdrawn from a scheduled televised debate for FIFA presidential candidates.

A planned televised debate between FIFA presidential candidates is in turmoil soon after two attendees pulled out.

The forum was scheduled to be held in the European Parliament on Wednesday, but a live tv broadcast has been canceled just after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale withdrew on Monday.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa had previously confirmed he wouldn’t attend, whilst Gianni Infantino only submitted a video presentation, leaving Jerome Champagne as the only candidate scheduled to take part.

Damian Collins, co-founder of NewFIFANow who helped organize the event, was annoyed by the late withdrawals and feels it’s damaging towards the governing body’s supposed wish for greater transparency amid ongoing corruption investigations.

“We are merely looking to put reputable concerns regarding the future of FIFA to Presidential candidates as members of numerous parliaments along with on behalf of fans as well as other key stakeholders,” he said inside a NewFIFANow statement.

“Any organization thinking about, or committed to, democracy, transparency and accountability would realize this, as must the individuals who need to be FIFA President. We’re just seeing the same old FIFA at play and they’ve discovered nothing at all about what they ought to do to attempt to rebuild trust and credibility from the broader neighborhood.

“Rather than helping to rebuild FIFA’s credibility in the broader community, this outcome will just add towards the impression that people at FIFA do not want open discussion regarding the future and reform on the organization.