UEFA President Michel Platini, former football star Luís Figo of Portugal and Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein are the three gentlemen most believe will declare their intentions on becoming the next FIFA president.
The problem with Michel Platini is he voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. His son was hired as CEO of a Qatari sports apparel company. Also, Platini’s country [France] voted for the resigning Sepp Blatter in Friday’s FIFA election. Platini is on 6-5 odds to become the next FIFA president.
Luis Figo threw his name into the hat for the FIFA presidency promising systemic reforms in FIFA long before the FBI presented their 144 page indictment. He said on his Facebook page today, “A good day for FIFA and for football. Change is finally coming. I said on Friday that the day would come sooner or later. Here it is! Now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a consensual solution worldwide in order to start new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in FIFA.”
He’s on 6-1 odds to becoming the next FIFA President.
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein is on 7-4 odds to become the next FIFA President. Friday he lost 133-73 in the first round of voting Friday evening. Prince Ali is the brother of King Abdullah of Jordan and is the 43rd generation direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. As FIFA vice-president, he pushed for the publication of an internal report into irregularities in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Prince Ali ran on a platform of transparency and grassroots development, and has promised to drastically increase the proportion of FIFA’s $2 billion annual revenues that are returned to member associations.
The emergency congress that will elect the next FIFA President will commence as soon as December or as late as March 2016.