Prince Ali Submits FIFA Presidency Bid Ahead of Deadline

October 15, 2015

Prince Ali bin-al Hussein from Jordan has confirmed he will submit a bid to become the next president of FIFA.

Candidates have a deadline of 26 October to formally bid to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, with the election set for February 26.

Prince Ali has refused to reveal the five nominations he has received, which is one of the main criteria required to stand for election.

The Jordanian failed to beat Blatter at the last FIFA election in May, when the Swiss was initially re-elected for another four-year term.

Blatter has since decided to step down amid allegations of corruption and a criminal investigation.

The 79-year-old has also recently been handed a 90-day suspension for a £1.3 million payment made to UEFA president Michel Platini, who has also been suspended for the same duration.

“I am confident that FIFA can emerge from this difficult period with its reputation restored and become an organisation that is once again viewed with respect,” Prince Ali said

“This time of crisis at FIFA is an opportunity for positive change. Many good ideas have emerged in the current discussion over FIFA’s future.

“A better future will only come if ideas turn into action – and that will only happen if FIFA has the right leadership.”

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