The 209 Fifa member nations will decide Friday whether to stick with the 79-year-old Blatter or end his 17-year rule by backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

The vote comes two days after Swiss police arrested seven soccer officials, including two Fifa vice presidents, as part of corruption investigations in the United States and Switzerland. It has been a dramatic build up to the election, which European delegates wanted to delay.

‘It is necessary to begin to restore trust in our organization,’ Blatter told the opening session of the Fifa congress on Thursday, a day after the police raids in Zurich dominated headlines around the world.

‘Let this be the turning point. More needs to be done to make sure everyone in football behaves responsibly and ethically.’

source: metro UK