Chung Mong-joon denies Blatter challenge

October 13, 2010

South Korean Fifa vice president Chung Mong-joon has dismissed recent speculation that he will stand against Sepp Blatter for the organisation’s presidency next May.

Chung had hinted he could run against Blatter as competition was needed “to keep Fifa healthy”.

But Chung has now said: “The first and foremost goal for me personally and for the South Korean government is to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup. I am not thinking about running for the presidency in 2011.”

Chung also faces his own challenge for his position as Fifa vice president representing the Asian Football Confederation. Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, head of the Jordan Football Association, recently announced his intention to run against Chung for the four-year vice presidency from 2011-2015.