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Jordanian prince intends to run for FIFA presidency in 2015

January 06, 2015, 7:42 updated at: January 06, 2015, 9:34 UTC+3 LONDON
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein currently holds the post of FIFA vice-president and heads the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations
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Ali Bin Al Hussein (on the left) and Joseph Blatter

Ali Bin Al Hussein (on the left) and Joseph Blatter

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LONDON, January 6. /TASS/. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday he would stand for the presidency of world soccer's governing body FIFA later this year, Reuters reported.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein currently holds the post of FIFA vice-president and heads the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations.

“I am seeking the presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport,” Prince Ali said in a statement on Tuesday. “This was not an easy decision. It came after careful consideration and many discussions with respected FIFA colleagues over the last few months,” he said.

“The message I heard, over and over, was that it is time for a change. The world game deserves a world-class governing body - an International Federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance.”

The FIFA presidential elections will be held in Zurich in May 2015. Incumbent FIFA head Sepp Blatter and the organisation’s former secretary general Jerome Champagne are also running for the post.

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