By the Blouin News Sports staff

Blatter and Ali vie for presidency

by in Soccer.

The 209 members of Fifa are to vote for their new president at a congress in Zurich, as football’s world governing body faces a major corruption scandal, reports the BBC.

Sepp Blatter, the favourite, is seeking a fifth term. He is being challenged by Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

The vote comes two days after seven top officials were held in Zurich in a US fraud inquiry that indicted 14 people.

Opening the second day of the congress, Mr Blatter told delegates Fifa faced “troubled times”.

Mr Blatter has been called on to quit but has already made clear he is not responsible for the scandal and wants to combat corruption.

“Events have thrown a shadow across Fifa and congress. Let’s try to lift that shadow,” he said.

Proceedings were briefly disrupted by two Palestinian demonstrators calling for Israel to be excluded from Fifa. They were ejected from the hall.

Mr Blatter, 79, and Prince Ali, 39, will each have 15 minutes to address the delegates.

The 209 member football associations then vote individually in the ballot, which is secret.