Paddy Power back David Ginola to challenge Sepp Blatter at Fifa
Former Newcastle and Tottenham winger hoping to become new Fifa president
January 16th, 2015
David Ginola has thrown his hat into the ring for the Fifa presidency, with the Frenchman challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football as the latter seeks a fifth term in charge.
Paddy Power have thrown their backing (and money!) behind Ginola in a bid to overthrow the unpopular Blatter who has come to represent all that is bad about the organisation of Fifa.
Ginola is keen to make radical changes to the game and hopes to have plenty of backers, with Fifa having lost the confidence of many people due to strong suspicions of corruption existing among the upper echelons of the organisation.
Earlier this month Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, a member of Fifa’s executive committee and a vice-president of football’s world governing body, announced he would stand against Blatter at the Fifa Congress in May. The former Fifa deputy secretary general, Jérôme Champagne, also insists he remains intent on running for office.
Ginola will need significant backing to stand against Blatter, including five national associations and will have to demonstrate active involvement in football administration for at least two of the last five years.
Ginola said in a video posted on the teamginola.com website: “I’m standing because like you, I love football. Whether you are on the terraces or on the pitch we all know that the Fifa system isn’t working. The game needs to change, but I can’t change it on my own.
“I need you to stand up and change it with me. I need you in my team. By joining Team Ginola you are saying yes to a Fifa built on democracy, transparency and equality. You are saying ‘yes’ to a Fifa which cares about one thing – football.”