Mosley loses South African support

Motorsport South Africa have vowed to vote against the FIA president.

Max Mosley is rapidly losing support [GALLO/GETTY]

Motorsport South Africa will vote against FIA president Max Mosley when the organisation’s members meet next month to decide the Englishman’s future as head of Formula One’s governing body.

Motorsport South Africa managing director Beaulah Schoeman said that her organisation has unanimously decided to ask Mosley to step down after being embroiled in a sex scandal exposed by a British tabloid.

“Every single board member agreed that Max Mosley should stand down,” Schoeman said.

The FIA general assembly meeting is scheduled for June 3 in Paris.

The 68-year-old Mosley has been under pressure to quit since the News of the World reported on March 30 that he participated in sex acts with five prostitutes in a scenario that involved Nazi role-playing.

The paper has video excerpts of the episode on its website.

Mosley admitted to taking part in the scene, but he is suing the newspaper for breach of confidence, unlawful invasion of his privacy and misuse of private information.

“I haven’t seen the video,” Schoeman said.

“The private lives of people doesn’t concern us. … (But it) brings not only FIA, it brings motorsport into disrepute.”

Growing dissent

American motoring federation AAA has already publicly demanded that Mosley quit, while federations from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Israel have criticised him.

Mosley, however, still claims to have the backing of a large number of federations.

He has led FIA since 1993, and his term expires in October 2009.

Schoeman said that she would not be attending the meeting, but that chairman Roger Pearce would be there to cast Motorsport South Africa’s vote.

She said all 13 directors on the group’s board were unanimous in their decision.

“I won’t be attending because I can’t justify the time away from here,” said Schoeman, adding she was concerned that FIA was wasting its money by flying the members to Paris and putting them up in hotels for the meeting.

Source : News Agencies

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