Jerome Champagne, FIFA's former international relations director, confirmed on Monday that he plans to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of the organization in 2015, according to the Associated Press.
Champagne, a former French diplomat, wrote on his campaign website that he has already told FIFA's election supervisor Domenico Scala of his decision to run. According to the AP, Blatter, who has presided over soccer's international governing body since 1998, plans to announce his candidacy for re-election in Zurich next week after meeting with FIFA's executive committee.
A three-person panel, chaired by Scala, will decide if Champagne is eligible. Candidates are required to have had an "active role" in the sport for at least two of the last five years.
Candidates must have backing from five FIFA member federations by the end of January next year. The election will be held on May 29, 2015.
- Christopher Woody