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Report: Prince Ali To Run For FIFA President

The Daily Mail reports that Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan will announce his candidacy for FIFA president on Tuesday.

The articles states that Prince Ali, 39, who is the president of the Jordanian Football Association, will announce his decision to run for FIFA president on Tuesday. He was speaking at the Soccerex convention in Manchester and suggested he will run again despite being defeated by Sepp Blatter in the last election. Blatter will step down from FIFA as a result of the bribe scandals that came to light earlier in the year.

Prince Ali said that he will make his decision “very soon” and he also spoke about UEFA president Michel Platini, who many believe is the frontrunner to take over from Blatter. The Prince was pretty blunt, saying that he doesn’t believe that Platini is the right man for the job.

“I have tremendous respect for Michel Platini as a president and as football player,” Prince Ali said. ”At the same time there is a difference between UEFA and FIFA. FIFA is in a crisis and we need a new beginning. Whether anyone likes it Michel Platini’s introduction was as a protege of Sepp Blatter – that is the reality.

“I have sat down with him, listened to him, his ideas. I think it’s a responsibility to at least guarantee the future is different from the past and therefore I was not very encouraged. It’s nothing personal. This is about the world, not individuals.”

Prince Ali won 73 of the 209 votes in the election against Blatter in May, but stood down before the second round of voting.

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