Sir Stanley Rous, the 79-year-old Englishman who has been President of F.I.F.A. (the International Federation?
Sir Stanley Rous, the 79-year-old Englishman who has been President of F.I.F.A. (the International Federation of Football Associations) since 1961, is proposing that in future the Presidency should rotate between nominees from Africa, Asia, Central American and Europe -- the four Confederations of F.I.F.A.
Sir Stanley faces a fierce attempt to unseat him at the next F.I.F.A. Congress in June by Joao Havelange, president of the Prazilian Sports Federation. Put he says he will pursue the plan even if he is defeated in the election.
The Brazilian candidate recently claimed the support of the Soviet Union who said that F.I.F.A. was in serious trouble because it was controlled by Britain and the "notorious" Sir Stanley Rous. In an interview with Visnews Sports Editor Neil Mallard Sir Stanley also discussed the possibility that a greater number of national teams will play in the 1978 world Cup finals than the 16 about to compete in Munich.