MIAMI - FIFA president Sepp Blatter will
campaign at the CONCACAF congress on Tuesday without his
election rival Mohammed Bin Hammam present.
Asian Football Federation chief Bin Hammam, who is
challenging incumbent Blatter for world football's top job in
June's vote, was expected to travel to Miami to meet with the 35
CONCACAF delegates from North and Central America and the
But Bin Hammam wrote on his blog that "I had hoped to be
present to share my plans for the future in Miami but
unfortunately I will not be able to attend due to issues beyond
While Bin Hammam said he hoped to meet with member
associations from the region in the coming weeks it will be a
blow to his campaign to miss out on the chance to speak directly
The website Inside World Football cited unnamed sources as
informing them that Bin Hammam was not able to receive a U.S.
visa to travel to Miami. CONCACAF were not immediately available
to comment on the report.
The CONCACAF Congress will re-elect Trinidadian Jack Warner
as president unopposed in a vote - Warner has long been viewed
as a key Blatter ally.
CONCACAF tends to vote as a block in FIFA elections and
general secretary, Chuck Blazer of the United States recently
said he hoped they would do so again.
"We make a collective decision in our congress so as to have
a greater impact on the results," he told Reuters in March.
Qatari Bin Hammam was in South America during the weekend
where he spoke at the CONMEBOL Congress and said FIFA needed
The 75-year-old Blatter is running for a fourth term having
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