Luis Figo To Challenge Blatter In FIFA Presidency Race

Former Portugal international Luis Figo has announced he is going to stand for FIFA presidency.

According to dailymail.co.uk, the 42-year-old has the support of five FIFA member federations – the minimum requirement needed for a candidate to enter May’s vote.

Figo is the second high-profile former player to enter the race after David Ginola declared his intention to run earlier in the month – although the former Newcastle and Tottenham winger is yet to secure the support of five federations.

Figo’s standing means there should now be at least four candidates in the contest after nominations close on Friday.

As well as incumbent president Sepp Blatter and Figo, Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag are standing.

Another candidate is French former diplomat Jerome Champagne, who is yet to get the support he needs but could do so.

Figo told CNN:’I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – I don’t like it.

‘If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal – not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.

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‘I’ve been talking with so many important people in football – players, managers, president of federations – and they all think that something has to be done.

‘Last year was the World Cup, I was in Brazil and I saw the reaction of all the fans regarding the image of FIFA and I think something has to be changed.

‘Change in leadership, governance, transparency and solidarity, so I think it’s the moment for that.’

Figo later tweeted: ‘I’m delighted to announce my candidacy for the FIFA Presidency. Football has given me so much during my life & I want to give something back’

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