CAA calls for Mosley to resign
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is the latest national motoring body to demand the resignation because of a sex scandal of Max Mosley, head of the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA).
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The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is the latest national motoring body to demand the resignation because of a sex scandal of Max Mosley, head of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA).
The 67-year-old Mosley has been under intense pressure to step down since the London tabloid News of the World published a story several weeks ago claiming that he participated in a videotaped five-hour orgy with prostitutes that involved Nazi role-playing.
The FIA announced this week that an Extraordinary General Assembly of its membership will be held in Paris on June 3 and a vote on Mosley’s future would be conducted at that meeting.
Mosley, son of the late Oswald Mosley, a friend of Adolf Hitler’s who was leader of Britain’s fascist movement prior to World War II, has acknowledged the sexual activities but denies the Nazi overtones and has sued the newspaper for invasion of privacy.
He has also insisted that he will not voluntarily resign, but FIA affiliates – including the American Automobile Association (AAA) and all of the automobile manufacturers involved in Formula One racing, which Mosley also heads – have demanded that he step aside.
The 5-million-member strong CAA issued a statement this week saying that Tim Shearman, the association’s president, had sent a letter to FIA headquarters last Friday asking that Mosley resign.
“The recent events involving the leadership of the FIA have been distressing and it is CAA’s view that the best resolution to this situation would be for Mr. Mosley to step down,” Jason Ballantyne, manager of public affairs, quoted the letter as saying.
“CAA’s relationship with FIA has been one that we value tremendously but we are extremely disturbed by recent media reports and the implications that this may have on CAA and other FIA members,” the letter continued.
Meantime, the board of directors of ASN Canada FIA, the organization that sanctions professional automobile racing in this country, issued a statement this week that said a representative would attend the June 3 meeting and would vote for Mosley’s departure.
In the letter sent to all affiliated clubs and members, ASN Canada said: “We have received a number of queries regarding our position on this matter and wish to assure you that we are very concerned about the events which have resulted in this upsetting and embarrassing situation.
“Notwithstanding our belief that Mr. Mosley has, over the years, made a huge contribution to motorsport, particularly in the area of safety, we will not hesitate to convey our position to the FIA should it become clear to us that the interests of motor sport would be best served were he to step down from his position as president of the FIA.”