Prince Ali to stand for Fifa presidency

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said he had been encouraged to stand in the May elections in Zurich against Blatter.

Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein speaking during the Soccerex Global Convention 2014 in Manchester, in northwest England. Fifa vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on 6 January, 2015 he would stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world footballs governing body later this year. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday he would stand for the presidency of world football's governing body Fifa later this year.

The current Fifa vice-president and head of the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations said he had been encouraged to stand in the May elections in Zurich against incumbent Sepp Blatter and challenger Jerome Champagne.

"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 on Tuesday.

"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 game deserves a world-class governing body, an International Federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance."