Bomb scare at FIFA Congress ahead of presidential election

Zurich, May 29: Swiss police are probing a bomb scare at the FIFA Congress, a spokesperson said on Friday. [Know about FIFA & its election]

Police officers were deployed on the spot after the threat was confirmed. [Great news if arrested FIFA officials confirmed guilty: Nadal]


The scare came hours before the football's world body went to the presidential election which the incumbent president, Sepp Blatter, is expected to win. The election is taking place amid a massive controversy that rocked FIFA over corruption scandals that saw arrests of some high-level officials on Wednesday.

Blatter was facing a growing call for him to resign from the post. The 79-year-old, who is seeking his fifth term as the FIFA president, earlier addressed the delegates at the Congress, urging them to remain united and promised more transparency.

He said the body perhaps would not face the crisis had Russia and Qatar not been awarded the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cups, respectively.

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