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Prince Ali Bin Hussein to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA Presidency

1.73K   //    06 Jan 2015, 16:48 IST
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Prince Ali Bin Hussein (L) intends to dethrone Sepp Blatter as FIFA President

HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein today announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the position of President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

"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. "This was not an easy decision. It came after careful consideration and many discussions with respected FIFA colleagues over the last few months.

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

Throughout his 15 years in various leadership positions in football (President of the Jordan FA, Founder and President of the West Asia Football Federation (WAFF), AFC Executive Committee Member, FIFA Vice-President), Prince Ali has been a consistent advocate for development and good governance. Prince Ali was elected FIFA Vice-President representing Asia in 2011.

He serves as Chairman of the Fair Play and Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Football Committee at FIFA, as well as Chairman of the Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Development Committee at AFC.

As President of the Jordan Football Association since 1999, Prince Ali has worked to promote unity and develop the sport throughout the region. He founded WAFF in 2000 and launched the Asian Football Development Project in 2012. The non-profit development project aims to develop football across Asia with a focus on youth development, empowering women, social responsibility and the protection and evolution of the game.

Prince Ali said he intends to run a positive campaign focused on ideas to strengthen and improve FIFA.

"The headlines should be about football, not about FIFA," he said. "FIFA exists to serve a sport which unites billions of people from all over the world, people of differing and divergent political, religious and social affiliations, who come together in their enjoyment of 'the world's game'."

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