Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein has emerged as the early front runner to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.
Blatter made the shock announcement today that he will stand down as football’s most powerful man amid the turmoil of the bribery scandal that has ripped through the governing body.
Prince Ali is the vice president of FIFA and the only man to stand against Blatter in last week’s election. Prince Ali withdrew after the first round of voting saw Blatter fall just shy of the two thirds majority needed to win.
Prince Ali is the president of the Jordanian Football Association and is the founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation and is also the brother of King Abdullah of Jordan.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has confirmed that he is willing to once again stand for FIFA president – but only if he has the adequate support to radically reform the organisation.
“I’m a servant of football,” he told CNN. “I love the sport and always have. So, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
“This [Blatter’s resignation] was surprise news to me, as it was to everyone else.
“But, having said that, for sure, I will do my best to support national associations across the world to make a brighter future for football.
“That’s the most important thing. I have to talk to national associations and see how they feel about this, as it’s very early.
“But if they want me to do it, I will do it.
“I have to be careful about this. I don’t want to see FIFA going down the wrong path again.”
FIFA was rocked by the arrest of several officials last week as part of an FBI-led investigation into corruption while there was further controversy on Tuesday when it emerged that secretary general Jerome Valcke knew about an alleged bribe paid into an account owned by former vice-president Jack Warner for supporting South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
Blatter, who has not been implicated in the scandal, subsequently decided to bring an end to his 17-year tenure, claiming that he felt he no longer had the full support of world football.
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