Prince Ali demands change in FIFA – but from within

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan says the world football governing body has no choice to reform but believes it can do so from within.

“The latest announcement by the US Justice Department should remove any doubt about the need for reform at FIFA,” Prince Ali said at the National Press Club in Washington late Friday.

“The clock on corruption has run out, and it is time for a change. I reject the notion that FIFA cannot be reformed from within.”

On Thursday US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced 16 more football officials had been indicted for various corruption charges.

Under-fire FIFA president Joseph Blatter, who is currently suspended from football, has said he will stand down at an extraordinary congress in Zurich on February 26 next year.

Prince Ali, who lost to Blatter in May’s presidential election, is one of five candidates standing in February alongside Asian confederation chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Frenchman and fomer FIFA official Jerome Chamgagne, UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and South African Tokyo Sexwale.

“It (FIFA) is not beyond saving,” Hussein said. “At the end of the day we do need a change of leadership at the top. It’s a change of culture that we need.” GNA

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