Platini stands as favourite for FIFA Presidency
February 26th, 2016 will see polling start to see who replaces Sepp Blatter as head of the world football’s governing body. Blatter has been in position since 1998 and has largely been unopposed in his re-election runs. But he has called time on the position himself, announcing that he is stepping down, all of this coming after the corruption scandals broke at FIFA this year.
Blatter beat Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the recent election, but then just four days later Blatter said that he was going to step away from his role. Prince al-Hussein had been heavily supported by Europe, including England to push Blatter out of a job, but now UEFA, along with the CONMEBOL (South America), CONCACAF (North and Central America) and the AFC (Asia) will be putting their weight behind Michel Platini to get the job.
Platini officially announced on Wednesday that he is running for the position now and while Prince Al bin al-Hussein said that the Frenchman was bad for FIFA, the Jordanian hasn’t thrown his hat back in the ring. Polling will take place at the extraordinary congress that was called for next year.
Bookmakers cut Platini into even money for the job and it’s hard to see who could potentially oppose him. Even if Prince Ali bin al-Hussein got back in, he won’t have the support that he did at the previous election and he is really the only main contender. Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-Joon from South Korea is considering making a run while former FIFA Deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne hasn’t committed.
It will probably leave Platini with a straight run, especially with the support from Asia, which is key. Platini has courted some controversy with his support for Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, so if he gets into office, you know that there will be no chance of host for the event!