Prince Ali, David Ginola intend to stand in special FIFA election
Prince Ali bin-Al Hussein of Jordan and former French soccer player David Ginola intend to run in FIFA's special presidential election following the resignation of Sepp Blatter, according to Sky Sports.
On Tuesday, Blatter announced that he would resign from his position. Blatter, who was reelected to a fifth term last week, said he was stepping down amid a corruption scandal rocking FIFA.
Last week, 14 soccer officials and business partners were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on various corruption charges. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Blatter's top lieutenant Jerome Valcke had been implicated in a $10 million transfer to former CONCACAF president Jack Warner. The transfer was allegedly related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Blatter won reelection last week by defeating Prince Ali, who earned 73 votes in the first round of balloting to Blatter's 133. Though Blatter did not secure a two-thirds majority, Ali conceded before the simple-majority second round began.
Ginola's short-lived FIFA presidential campaign earlier this year was backed by Paddy Power, a bookmaker. Ginola, who played for Paris-Saint Germain, Tottenham Hotspur and other clubs in his 17-year career, dropped out of the race in January.
Former FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo, who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, lauded Blatter's resignation as a "good day for FIFA and for football," but the retired Portuguese winger did not indicate whether he would jump in the race to become Blatter's successor.
A British bookmaker pegged UEFA president Michel Platini as the favorite to replace Blatter.
- Stanley Kay