Platini and Ali-Hussein emerge as favourites to be next Fifa President
Prince bin Ali-Hussein is now 5/4 favourite at online betting site Ladbrokes to become the next Fifa President. This is light of the incumbent Sepp Blatter dropping the news that most football fans and associations have wanted, that he is stepping down from his role of President, the announcement coming just a few days after he was re-elected for a fifth term.
But there will still be a wait for him to be replaced, and while Blatter called for an extraordinary Fifa congress to be called so that they elect a new President as quickly as possible, but it is not likely that the extraordinary congress will be called any earlier than December 2015. It could happen from anytime them through March 2016.
Blatter looked to be standing tall and steadfast in his position at the head of the world’s football governing body through all the recent turmoil that has surrounded them. Several officials were arrested on charges of racketeering and money laundering, while Fifa are still under investigation by Swiss authorities about bribes for the selection of the 2018 World Cup and 2022 World Cup hosts.
Blatter stepping down it the big news that many have been waiting so long for. UEFA President Michel Platini seems delighted as does FA chief Greg Dyke. Why has Blatter remained in control? It is because of the weight of support that he has had from smaller nations. Each nation gets the same money from Fifa and each gets one vote in elections. So smaller nations like Liechtenstein who have few professional players get the same stipend amount as England, who have a considerably larger amount of players on their books.
So it’s not balanced. The smaller nations get a much bigger value per-head of player than the major nations simply because of number of players. It’s something which keeps the minorities happy because they are getting top value.
Online betting site Ladbrokes have priced up two horse race to replace Blatter at the head of Fifa. UEFA’s Michel Platini looks a pretty strong wager at 7/4 as he has been very vocal in his lack of support for Blatter’s rule, while Prince bin Ali-Hussein, who was heavily involved in the recent elections, is trading as 5/4 favourite.