Diego Maradona has decided to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, the Uruguayan journalist and author Victor Hugo Morales has said.
Morales said that Maradona had told him of his intention when he called the former coach of the Argentina team.
“He told me he was going to run for president of FIFA and authorized me to inform,” Morales posted in Spanish on his Twitter feed. “‘I am a candidate’ were the two words Diego Maradona used to answer me when I consulted him about the nomination for the presidency of FIFA,” he added in another tweet.
Like the Brazilian Zico, another great former player who has announced his candidacy, Maradona might struggle to get the support of federations from five countries, as required under FIFA statutes.
The Liberia Football Association chairman, Musa Bility, is the other candidate announced so far for a ballot likely to take place later this year or in early 2016.
The largest in the history of the FIFA scandal erupted on May 27 in Zurich, when they were detained seven senior officials of the organization on suspicion of corruption. It is assumed their extradition to the United States, where they could be charged. At the same time it was reported that Swiss police launched a criminal case against a group of unknown persons related to the election of the host countries of World Cup 2010, World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022. Against the background of the scandal, Blatter re-elected on May 29 at the next term, announced his resignation. He remains in the office until the election of a new president. An extraordinary meeting of FIFA’s executive committee, which will determine the date of the elections, will be held in July.