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Wednesday, 04 June 2008

AFP, PARIS  - The International Automobile Federation meets Tuesday to rule on the future of its president Max Mosley after he became embroiled in a sado-masochist sex scandal.

Mosley, 68, who was featured in a video widely circulated on the Internet showing him being beaten by prostitutes, is to seek a vote of confidence from the FIA governing body to enable him to carry on as president of international motor sport's ruling body.

But there is mounting pressure for Mosley to go, particularly from auto industry giants such as BMW, Mercedes, Toyota and Honda who fear for their image and sponsorship money.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has joined the clamour against his longtime friend.

"He should go out of responsibility for the institution he represents," Ecclestone told the Daily Telegraph in an interview published Saturday.

"Everyone I speak to in a position of authority in F1 says he should go. It's regretful he's not made this decision."

"The general feeling is that people would no longer be comfortable speaking to him in the same way," he said.

Mosley has admitted taking part in the orgy with five prostitute but denied reports that there were Nazi connotations involved and has launched a legal action against the British newspaper, the News of the World.

But many Formula One teams have spoken out against Mosley's conduct and Ecclestone said. "Since the story broke I have been under enormous pressure from the people who invest in Formula One, sponsors and manufacturers, over this issue."

Mosley has been the FIA president for 17 years. But its member clubs say the governing body has now been badly damaged by the scandal.

Nearly 20 of the 219 national member clubs have called for Mosley's resignation.

The president is to speak to a special general assembly of the FIA at the association's grand Paris headquarters before a vote of confidence is held.

Mosley still has wide support among small national federations and could get enough votes to stay in office until the end of his mandate in October 2009.

This is what he wants. He has offered to give up any official representative duties during that time.

Mosley could also offer to stand down at the FIA's next regular general assembly in November. This is what Ecclestone has advised him to do.

If he loses the vote, could be forced to resign straight away and many members are already looking for a successor.

Among names being circulated are Jean Todt, the former Ferrari team boss. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, an avid auto racing fan, has also been mentioned though he denied the rumours about him in May

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