Champagne to challenge Blatter for FIFA Presidency

Frenchman Jerome Champagne has confirmed his plans to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA Presidency.

The 56-year-old former diplomat had worked for FIFA for 11 years as an executive before leaving in 2010.

“I have just written to the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee and its president, Domenico Scala, to confirm my intention to run for FIFA president,” he said.

“We have to take clear and informed decisions on whether we want to continue with the current economic polarization, and the sporting imbalances it brings in its wake, or be willing to rebalance the game in our globalized 21st century.

“The next 10 years will be crucial for football and very particularly for Fifa, which is at a crossroads and in need of sweeping changes that must take it further than what has been accomplished to date,” Champagne added.

Blatter announced his intention to seek a fifth term in charge last week. The election will take place at the FIFA congress in June 2015.

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