April 4, Sunday Herald Morning

International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley, facing calls to quit over a sex scandal, has called for an extraordinary general assembly of motor sport's world governing body.

The FIA said in a statement issued at the Bahrain Grand Prix that Mosley had asked the president of the FIA Senate, Monaco's Michel Boeri, to call the meeting in Paris and at the earliest practicable date.

That is unlikely to be in the next week or two, with 222 national motoring organisations from 130 countries on five continents affiliated to the FIA.

"The full membership of the FIA will be invited to attend the meeting at which the widespread publicity following an apparently illegal invasion of the FIA president's privacy will be discussed," the statement said.

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photo: Max Mosley ... called for an extraordinary general meeting (AFP)