Chung Mong-Joon, a FIFA honorary vice president, announced his bid to run for president of world soccer's governing body on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Chung, 63, promised to reform the organization in the wake of federal investigations by the United States and Switzerland into the corruption of FIFA officials.
“The real reason FIFA has become such a corrupt organization is because the same person and his cronies have been running it for 40 years. Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Chung said. “It has pained me to witness the spectacle of the FIFA president being booed by the fans at football stadiums everywhere. In 2011, when a European sports magazine conducted a survey ‘What do you think about FIFA President Joseph Blatter?’ 95 percent said ‘Blatter is ruining football.’”
After 17-year FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on June 2 that he would resign, new candidates for the presidency have been given until Oct. 26 to apply for candidacy.
UEFA president Michel Platini, who has already announced his candidacy, is considered the favorite to win the election. Platini served as an executive committee member for 13 years and was formerly a supporter of Blatter before becoming publicly outspoken against him. Chung criticized Platini for having a “mentor-student” relationship with Blatter.
“It has suddenly become very fashionable to be Blatter's enemy,” Chung said. “This is too convenient.”
Chung served on FIFA's executive committee from the mid 1990s until 2011 and opposed Blatter during that time.
- Erin Flynn