ZURICH: Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who is challenging Sepp Blatter for FIFAâ€™s leadership, said today that the arrest of six football officials in a US corruption probe was â€œa sad dayâ€ for the sport.
But the prince did not use the arrests to launch a new attack on Blatter, who he has accused of tarnishing the image of footballâ€™s world body which has been tainted by repeating scandals.
â€œToday is a sad day for football,â€ the Jordanian prince, a FIFA vice president, said in a statement. â€œClearly this is a developing story, the details of which are emerging. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time,â€ he added.
The arrest of six football officials in Zurich, who could be extradited to the United States, came just two days before a vote for FIFAâ€™s president. Blatter is favourite to secure a fifth term.–AFP