Chung Mong-joon Launches Campaign to Become FIFA president
August 17, 2015
By Christian Radnedge
Honorary FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has pledged that he can reform world football’s governing body in just one term, if he is elected president after announcing his candidacy this week.
The 61-year-old launched his campaign in Paris on Monday in the same nation as the other heavyweight in the running; UEFA president Michel Platini.
Chung has previously stated his desire to be part of fresh approach in FIFA, campaign launch, after the scandal-hit years under Sepp Blatter.
Today he promised: “I can fix FIFA’s problems in four years.
“It’s time to restore common sense at FIFA. The real reason it is so corrupt is that the same person has been in charge for 40 years. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Chung has been out of executive office since being ousted as Asia’s FIFA vice-president by Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein in 2011.
Platini, a FIFA vice-president since 2007, was criticised by Chung as part of the problem, not the solution.
Chung said: “Platini is my good friend, but he does nothing to appreciate the seriousness of the current FIFA crisis.”