Three candidates have been ratified to stand in the vote against current FIFA president Sepp Blatter in May, and on Tuesday one of them revealed he has the backing of the United States of America.
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Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says that the U.S. Soccer Federation are one of the six national associations which nominated him to stand against Blatter.
During the launch of his campaign in London on Tuesday, Prince Ali also named Georgia, Malta, England, Belarus and his own nation of Jordan as the other countries backing him to succeed and oust Blatter after decades of alleged bribery and corruption on his watch as the leading figure of world soccer’s governing body.
Despite being backed by the English FA and the U.S. it will still be tough going for Prince Ali to oust Blatter who is widely expected to breeze to yet another win in FIFA’s presidential elections on May 29 in Switzerland.
If he does succeed, Blatter will embark on a fifth-straight term as the leading figure in world soccer and he will be in charge of FIFA for another four years.
Along with Prince Ali there are two other candidates who have met the requirements to become FIFA president. They are the head of the Dutch FA Michael van Praag and former World Player of the Year and Portuguese legend Luis Figo.
With Prince Ali supposedly getting the backing of the U.S., we should expect to see the current FIFA vice-president Stateside quite a bit between now and May as his campaign trails continues.