Harold Mayne-Nicholls considering running for FIFA presidency

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former head of the FIFA technical committee, is mulling a bid for FIFA's presidency in 2015, Reuters' Mike Collett reports.

Last month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed he will run for a fifth term and FIFA's former international relations director Jerome Champagne also announced his candidacy.

Mayne-Nicholls was in charge of the technical committee when it told FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He told Reuters that if he decides to run, it "will not be as a testimonial candidature."

He continued: "In my opinion, the best for FIFA's future will be to have as many candidates as possible.

"Then we will be able to discuss ideas; to exchange opinions; to look forward to the changes the organization needs. As well as those aspects, we will bring back "democracy" and that is the main key to having more transparency in football."

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Earlier this year, Mayne-Nicholls wrote a column saying soccer needed "fresh air." The awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar drew criticism and rumors of corruption within FIFA. Blatter announced the results of FIFA's investigation will not be published, despite several FIFA executives saying they should be made public.

In order to be an official candidate, Mayne-Nicholls would need support from five national federations. The election will be held on May 29, 2015, and candidates have until Jan. 28 to announce they are running. 

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