Interesting words from Luis Figo as he took himself out of the running to take over from Sepp Blatter. He stated Worldwide corruption. We already have seen this here in Scotland. Many countries leagues, bodies and people have asked why the SFA are allowed to break their own rules. For this to change we need change at the very top, sadly it looks like Sepp will still be FIFA President where he has held office since 1998. The corruption and cheating, stated by the late Turnbull Hutton in the SFA is ‘Criminal’ and we all know this anyway, the events of the last month with Paul Murray and David King being allowed to take chair at a certain football club where they were before when the club died, these two men were part of the board that allowed the club to die for whatever reasons. The 168 member clubs under the SFA rules all voted to have rules in place yet the SFA do as they please. I wonder if Figo would mention the SFA in context alone in his thinking here
SFA/SPL Liars Cheats and Corrupt Hun Conmen
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Luis Figo has joined Michael van Praag in withdrawing from the Fifa presidential election on 29 May. Ex-Portugal midfielder Figo, 42, pulled out on the same day as Van Pragg, 67, to leave Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan as Blatter’s only rival. Blatter is favourite to win a fifth term as president and Figo said: “This process is anything but an election. “This process is a plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man – something I refuse to go along with.” Each of Fifa’s 209 member associations have a vote in the election and Van Praag, who is president of the Dutch football federation, says he will now support Prince Ali. The English Football Association also intend to support Prince Ali, while the Scottish FA had previously said they would back Van Praag.
The Dutchman is expected to give his reasons from withdrawing from the election at a news conference at 19:00 BST but Figo made his reasons clear in a statement.
“I travelled and met extraordinary people who, though they recognized the value of much that had been done, also concurred with the need for change, one that cleans up Fifa’s reputation as an obscure organization that is so often viewed as a place of corruption,” he said.
“But over the past few months I have not only witnessed that desire [for change], I have witnessed consecutive incidents, all over the world, that should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic.
“I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing Fifa leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ. Nobody told me about this. I saw it with my own eyes.” He also questioned an election process in which a main candidate – Blatter – had not produced a manifesto, “so that federation presidents know what they’re voting for”. Figo added: “There has not been a single public debate about each candidate’s proposals.”
The latest withdrawal comes after another presidential candidate, Frenchman Jerome Champagne, a former Fifa deputy general secretary, pulled out in February. Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder David Ginola, backed by a betting company, originally announced his intention to stand against Blatter in January, but withdrew two weeks later.
The vote will be held in Zurich at Fifa’s annual congress and requires the winning candidate to secure a two-thirds majority in the first round of voting. If subsequent rounds are required then a simple majority is all that is required for victory.
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