FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein on Tuesday announced his candidacy to become the next President of FIFA. Prince Ali will be considered the main challenger to current President Sepp Blatter, who has run the organization for 17 years and is seeking re-election at the age of 79. Former FIFA staffer Jerome Champagne of France also said he would run.
"This was not an easy decision," Prince Ali said in a single-page statement in which he pledged to run a positive campaign and did not specifically mention Blatter. "It came after careful consideration and many discussions with respected FIFA colleagues over the last few months. The message I heard, over and over, was that it is time for a change. ... It is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport. The world's game deserves a world-class governing body — an international federation that is a service organization and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance."