Albanian football postpones presidential election to mid-March

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The election of the president of the Albanian Football Federation was postponed Wednesday to March 15 following…

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The election for the president of the Albanian Football Federation was postponed Wednesday to March 15 following a dispute with a regional association.

The FSHF began its assembly, in the presence of representatives of UEFA and FIFA, and discussed other topics on the agenda. But the federation is in conflict with the town hall of Tirana, shareholder of one of the main member associations. The town hall accuses the federation of corruption and manipulation of the electoral process.

Albania has eight regional associations which have the right to vote in elections. Municipal officials play an active role in the regional association of Tirana.

FSHF president Armand Duka is seeking a sixth four-year term, but an Albanian court suspended him and two other top officials from their posts.

Last month, a three-member UEFA delegation visited Albania to assess the electoral process amid concerns about political interference. His report is in the hands of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the federation.

During UEFA’s visit, Ceferin also pledged to stage the inaugural third-tier Europa Conference League final in Tirana on May 25.

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