FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan say it would be “catastrophic” if he is not elected as the next president of the soccer governing body, according to Owen Gibson of The Guardian.
“Everyone recognizes this is the last chance to get it right,” al-Hussein said. “We don’t want a situation where two years down the line, more scandals come out. I’m determined that we do save FIFA and do it from within.”
“If it’s not done this time and we continue to have problems in the future, I think it will be a real catastrophe for the organization,” he added. “I have been stable in terms of what I see as the future of FIFA, I am not someone who changes his mind dependent on the situation.”
Ali lost to president Sepp Blatter, who was elected to a fifth term before stepping down from his post and being suspended for eight years amid corruption and cover-up allegations.
Ali served on FIFA’s executive committee from 2011 to 2015 but tells BBC that he presents “new blood” for FIFA:
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and the former FIFA executive Jérôme Champagne are also in the running for the upcoming election.
Al-Hussein calls for more transparency as FIFA president by allowing the publication of a report that reveals the the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups as well as disclosing salaries of all FIFA senior officials. He would accept a limit to two four-year terms as president.
- Christopher Chavez