Prince Ali promises more open Fifa if elected as president

2015-01-10 09:52

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Australia – Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says Fifa will be a more transparent and progressive governing body if he is successful in defeating incumbent chief Sepp Blatter.

Prince Ali (39) announced his presidential plans this week and vowed sweeping reforms to clean up an administration that he feels has become bogged down by bribery allegations and scandals.

The election will be held on May 29 in Zurich.

Prince Ali says Fifa “as an organisation tends to be a bit secretive ... we have to bring the administration of the sport into the current time that we live in.”

His decision to run against Blatter came as a surprise to his own confederation president, Sheik Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, with the Asian football chief saying he would support Blatter.

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