CORRECTED-WRAPUP 2-Blatter expected to win re-election despite soccer corruption scandal

viernes 29 de mayo de 2015 06:14 GYT

(Corrects reference to Qatar, not Kuwait, as Cup hosts in second bullet point before headline)

* Blatter calls for unity as Congress opens

* Unlikely to be unseated by sole challenger

* Award of World Cups to Russia and Qatar a problem

By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body.

Addressing FIFA delegates at the body's annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation's presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

He also said that FIFA would probably not be facing its present problems if Russia and Qatar had not been awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.

"Today, I am appealing to unity and team spirit so we can move forward together," he said, in a low key-address that contrasted with his more defiant reaction on Thursday.   Continuación...