Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein to run for FIFA president again
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan announced Wednesday he will run for president of FIFA in February 2016.
Hussein was the lone challenger to incumbent president Sepp Blatter in FIFA's most recent election in May. Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term, but announced he would resign in the wake of a FIFA corruption scandal.
In May, 14 FIFA officials were arrested by Swiss authorities working with the United States Department of Justice on allegations of accepting more than $100 million in bribes. FIFA announced it will elect a new president on Feb. 26, 2016.
Hussein was named president of the Jordan Football Association in 1999. He forced a second ballot during the May election when Blatter fell seven votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to win. Hussein ultimately conceded before the second ballot was cast.
“We must take back the game we love,” Hussein said in a statement. “We must return to what makes football the greatest sport on Earth: hope, dignity, excellence and opportunity.
"Ten months ago, I was the only person who dared to challenge Mr. Blatter for the Presidency of FIFA. I ran because I believe that FIFA needs change. And I had the courage to fight for change when others were afraid. I conceded that election. Not because I was not the best candidate, but because others were using me to make room for themselves. They didn’t have the guts to run, but I did. Ever since President Blatter promised his resignation just a few days later, they have been scrambling to secure the job for themselves.
"I will not be a pawn for others. I cannot leave the field that I have cleared, only to allow a flawed system to continue."
– Rohan Nadkarni