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Oceania confederation back Blatter for FIFA president

In the race to become FIFA president, current incumbent Sepp Blatter has strengthened his position with the news the Oceania confederation will support him at next month's election. Blatter is being challenged by Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam at the June 1 election which will be held at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

Oceania decided to throw their weight behind Blatter at a meeting of their executive committee in Auckland on Thursday.

"As the 61st FIFA Congress draws closer, OFC has confirmed its support for the re-election of FIFA president Joseph Blatter citing a range of initiatives that have positively impacted the region under his leadership," a statement read.

"The OFC Executive Committee met in Auckland today to discuss key issues including the upcoming FIFA election that will be held in Zurich on the 1st of June.

"OFC President David Chung says all members agreed that the current FIFA administration has had a significant impact on the development and popularity of football across the Pacific.

"While all Member Associations have an independent right to decide on which candidate to vote for, President Chung says today's decision highlights the unity and transparency within the Confederation."

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