Prince Ali is iSportconnect Readers’ Choice to Succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA President

June 5, 2015

By Christian Radnedge

iSportconnect readers have voted for Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein as the preferred candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.

The 79-year-old Swiss announced this week he was to lay down his mandate, despite having been re-elected for a fifth term in office just days before at last week’s FIFA congress.

His decision comes amid huge pressure from the criminal investigations into alleged corruption in world football by the US Department of Justice and the Swiss authorities, who are specifically looking at the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

iSportconnect ran the poll this week to see who readers would like to see take over at the extraordinary congress Blatter called – which is likely to take place anytime from December to March.

Jordan’s Prince Ali told CNN this week: “I think this is the right move from Sepp Blatter and I think we have to look to the future.

“I am always there to serve football and I think that’s the most important thing and to do so much work to fix this organisation in a proper way. I am at the disposal of our national associations.”

He grabbed 43 per cent of the total vote share, while there was not much enthusiasm for UEFA president Michel Platini who only secured 7 per cent himself.

However, 32 per cent believe that none of Prince Ali, Platini, Issa Hayatou or Michael van Praag was the right candidate to take FIFA forward.

In the ‘Others’ section, one suggestion was head of US Soccer and FIFA executive committee member Sunil Gulati while Asian Confederation President and new FIFA vice-president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa was also named.