Interview: Presidential hopeful Prince Ali demands FIFA changes

Mon Apr 6, 2015 11:10am EDT
 
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By Mark Gleeson

CAIRO, April 6 (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein demanded immediate change in the organization of soccer's governing body as he issued his manifesto on Monday. The Jordanian royal is one of three men who will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in the election on May 29. The others are former Portugal midfielder Luis Figo and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag.

In his manifesto, entitled 'A FIFA Worthy of the World's Game', Prince Ali pledges to transform the organization's reputation and guarantee development.

He also delivered a harsh warning on the future should Swiss Blatter be voted into power for a fifth term, as is expected. "You cannot underestimate how important it is ... to have a change right now," the FIFA vice-president told Reuters in an interview on the eve of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Congress in Cairo. "It's been enough, in my opinion, in terms of all the problems and scandals.

"I will not continue on the executive committee if I am not elected because I cannot see another four years for myself if things don't change. If I win ... I'll make the changes that are so needed," said the Jordanian FA chief.

"My manifesto is based on my experience as president of a national association and what I have also seen serving on the FIFA executive committee over the last four years. It’s also based on my discussions with other countries."

Prince Ali said FIFA had to be restored as "a proper service" group.

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FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and UEFA President Michel Platini (L) attend the CONMEBOL ordinary congress in Luque March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno