Platinti to face challenge from Prince Ali for FIFA Presidency
The two expected candidates to duke it out for the role of FIFA President have been confirmed to be standing in the elections. With UEFA President Michel Platini having already put his name into the hat for the top job at the world football’s governing body, he has been joined by Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein who stood in opposition to incumbent Sepp Blatter in May’s election.
Prince Ali took the voting to a second round of polling but then stepped aside, leaving Sepp Blatter to continue on in his role. But just a few days after being re-elected, Blatter announced his resignation amid a twin investigation into corruption within the organisation. The election for the Next FIFA President will be held on February 26th, 2016 so there is plenty of campaigning to do.
Michel Platini is still firm 8/11 favourite in the Next FIFA President betting market because of the support that he already has on his side. Obviously the UEFA representatives are largely behind him, but he has also received big support from Asia which is likely to give him more than enough votes to be sworn into office.
As of yet, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein hasn’t managed to pull in that kind of power and he had the support of UEFA when he went up against Blatter earlier in the year, but will naturally be missing that support this time around. Prince Ali is trading at a quote of 5/2 to get the top job in world football early next year.
Former Fifa executive Chung Mong-joon of South Korea has also indicated that he will run in next year’s election, as has Liberian FA president Musa Bility. They are are 14/1 and 33/1 respectively.
Referring back to May’s election, Prince Ali said: “I was the only person who dared to challenge Blatter, I ran because I believe that Fifa needs change.
“I had the courage when others feared. They didn’t have the guts to run, but I did.”
“This election should be about football, not personal ambition. We have come too far to walk away now,” Ali said.
“We must overcome deep-seated corruption but I was not brought up to walk away from a tough fight. This is about right and wrong.”