David Ginola makes Fifa presendential bid
It took a 250,000-pound payment from a stunt-prone
bookmaker to persuade former France international
David Ginola to launch an improbable bid to unseat
FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Ginola,
47, plans to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the
top job in world football, with the 78-year-old Swiss —
who has been in office since 1998 — having indicated he
will seek a fifth term.
FIFA has not issued any statement or commented
regarding Ginola’s eligibility to run and it is unclear
whether he will fulfil the criteria as a FIFA candidate. He
will need the backing of at least five national
associations and will have to demonstrate active
involvement in football administration for at least two
of the last five years.
A spokesman for the bookmaker confirmed on Friday:
“This campaign is all about transparency and we are
paying David 250,000 pounds for the campaign and for
being here [at the press conference] today. It is his full-
time job now and, hopefully, will be for the next four
Ginola will be looking to invite members of the public and other organisations to join “Team Ginola” in a bid to
challenge Blatter. His bid has the backing of pressure
group ChangeFIFA, which has long campaigned for new
leadership at the top of an organisation that has faced
numerous allegations of corruption.
When faced by the media,Ginola said “Three things are very important: transparency,democracy, and equality. That’s the main thing I want to achieve.
“The first thing is to get the first associations [to back
the bid]. That will be the task in the next few days.”
Ginola’s credibility was further hit when he was unable
to name any members of FIFA’s executive committee: “I
need obviously to know a lot more about FIFA. The
most important thing I guess is to be standing in front
of you today, thinking, well, what can I change? What
can I do for the game?