FFA backs Prince Ali over Blatter in FIFA showdown

Football Federation Australia has thrown its support behind Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for the FIFA presidency as Sepp Blatter’s football empire teeters on the edge.

FFA Chairman Frank Lowy AC arrived in Zurich, Switzerland, this evening (Australian time) to attend the 2015 FIFA Congress.

The situation remains volatile after 14 people, including nine FIFA officials, were indicted by the United States Department of Justice on Wednesday for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.

Seven of those nine officials were arrested in Zurich during dawn raids, while an eighth - former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner - was reported to have spent the night in jail following his arrest in Trinidad and Tobago later in the day.

Blatter had been due to speak at an event in Zurich but a spokesman revealed that the 79-year-old FIFA president had pulled out due to "obvious reasons".

FFA conceded there was uncertainty surrounding the FIFA Congress and presidential election with suggestions one or both could be postponed. UEFA has called for the presidential elections to be deferred.

The situation is expected to become clearer overnight.

Speaking in Zurich after a round of meetings, 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 in Zurich.

"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."

Australia bid for the 2022 World Cup but received just one vote. The winning nation Qatar has been plagued with allegations of corruption and human rights abuses.