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David Ginola ready to stand again for FIFA top job but says criminals need dealt with first

8 years ago

Former Newcastle winger David Ginola says that he is ready to run for the FIFA presidency once again but has insisted that the election date of 26 February 2016 should be pushed back.

Ginola thinks that with all of the ongoing internal inquiries and criminal investigations, FIFA needs to get to the end of that process before starting again.

When David Ginola originally stood for the FIFA presidency, he was seen as a maverick contender and a joke candidate by many inside the establishment.

However, in a remarkable turnaround, he could be a very serious contender after recent events have shown the governing body to be rotten to the core.

Any candidates who have been associated with the internal running of FIFA for any substantial time, will quite rightly be viewed with considerable suspicion due to just how widespread the corruption has been shown to be.

What better than a whole new perspective and a clean pair of hands to take charge?

With Blatter provisionally banned for 90 days as well as Michel Platini, who was seen by many as the next President in waiting, the way now looks wide open for those interested in standing.

In May, 14 officials and executives were indicted in the United States on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges which involved almost £100m in payments.

Whilst Swiss authorities have launched criminal investigations into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Any prospective candidates must register their bids to be President by Monday (26 October) and then they will face an integrity check within 10 days.

Platini, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and one-time Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid have all submitted bids for this latest election, whilst Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain and the former Spurs player, Ramon Vega, are also said to be considering bids.

David Ginola:

“In light of recent developments in France and at Fifa, a great many people have asked me to run an independent campaign for Fifa president.

“This is a challenge I would proudly accept, yet the first priority should be delaying the election and bringing sanity to the process.

“Fifa has no credibility, authority or mandate to hold an election while there are ongoing multi-national criminal and internal investigations of key Fifa executives.

“In recent years the Fifa presidential election rules have been further skewed to favour incumbents and insiders that keep out new people and new ideas.”


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