SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- The American Automobile Association wants FIA president Max Mosley to resign following a sex scandal.
The AAA joined a growing list of worldwide motoring federations demanding that the 67-year-old Mosley step down after a British tabloid reported last week that he participated in sex acts with five prostitutes in a scenario it said involved Nazi role-playing.
"AAA recognizes that Mr. Mosley has dedicated many years of his life to advancing the interests of mobility and motorsport. However, after careful consideration, AAA has conveyed to Mr. Mosley that it would be in the best interest of all concerned if he were to step down," the AAA said in a statement released Saturday.
The American body, which represents over 50 million motorists, is the first to publicly demand Mosley step down. Federations from Germany, the Netherlands and Israel have all criticized Mosley as have four major car manufacturers.
Mosley, who is suing The News of the World tabloid, claims to have the backing of a large number of federations while continuing to defend what goes on in his personal life. He has led the governing body of world auto racing since 1993.
AAA called the events "very distressing and embarrassing."
"While this matter may be viewed as private by some, the damage to the image of FIA and its constituents is clearly public. For an organization - and its leader - to exercise the moral authority required to represent millions of motorists and sanction the activities of motorsport they must uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior," AAA said.
Mosley has called a special general assembly to be hosted in Paris at a date to be determined in a bid to state his case to the 222 national motoring member organizations from 130 countries.