FIFA needs fresh start, says Lowy

MICHEL Platini, the head of European football's governing body UEFA, said his organisation would meet in Berlin to discuss its relationship with FIFA if president Sepp Blatter was re-elected at last night's vote in Switzerland.

Platini said most of UEFA's 53 delegates were set to vote for opposition candidate, Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein.

The 39-year-old, the brother-in-law of leading racehorse owner Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, is president of the Jordan Football Association and founder of the West Asian Football Federation.

He has long been an advocate for more transparency from within FIFA, and has been focussed on raising the profile of Asian countries within the organisation.

Prince Ali (pictured) also received the support of American and Canadian delegates, as well as the Football Federation of Australia.

Speaking in Zurich ahead of the vote, chairman Frank Lowy said: "FFA believes that profound change within FIFA is needed as soon as possible to address issues of governance and transparency.

"This belief will be reflected when Australia casts its vote in the presidential election, should it proceed on Friday.

"The board of FFA has reviewed the manifesto for change proposed by Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein and believes it provides the basis for a fresh start for FIFA."

Despite this week's crisis where nine FIFA officials and four executives of sports management companies were arrested and indicted on a range of corruption charges, Blatter refused to take any responsibility and appeared to have the support of delegates from many smaller, poorer countries.