Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein Set To Challenge Blatter
Tue 6th Jan 2015 | FIFA
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has stated his intention to stand as a candidate for the position of President of FIFA.
He joins Jerome Champagne in the challenge to oust current President, Sepp Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term in office at the football world’s governing body.
“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.
“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.”
At 39, Prince Ali is the youngest FIFA ex-co member but 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), he 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.'
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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