Luís Figo, Prince Ali and Van Praag remain in fight

Jérôme Champagne has appear he has aloof his Fifa presidential antagonism afterwards declining to defended the minimum 5 nominations required.


The Frenchman appear his abandonment in a letter to civic associations area he abhorrent Uefa and “institutions” mobilising to annihilate him.

He said he had anchored three nominations but that added associations feared reprisals if they backed him.

It agency the Fifa admiral Sepp Blatter will face challenges from Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, the Dutch Football Association admiral Michael van Praag and the above Portugal all-embracing Luís Figo. All three of the challengers are advancement on a reforming programme with abutment from Uefa.

Champagne said in his letter: “I affliction to accept to advertise that I accept not presented the 5 advocacy belletrist bare to be registered as a applicant in the acclamation of 29 May.

“I acquiescently acknowledge the three federations that accept accustomed me and the abounding presidents who explained, with candour and friendship, that they could not do it admitting their absorption in my programme.

“The affidavit were numerous. Because they feared reprisals from their confederations accepting issued ‘recommendations’. Because their federations were candidates to host continental competitions. Because they relied too heavily on the banking support. Because they were committed to avert a affiliated continental front.”

Champagne is a above Fifa agent accepted secretary and has been a angry analyzer of Uefa. He added in his letter: “The institutions accept mobilised to annihilate the alone absolute candidate.


“The latest contest orchestrated in abstruse with almost buried intentions by one of them, distributing belletrist of abutment amid candidates, fabricated me lose sponsorships abnormally in Europe!

“The hidden calendar – or not so hidden afterwards all – is clear: beneath the guise of reforming Fifa lies the cold of added abrasion it in favour of continental structures. This at a time if a able babyminding of football, with authoritative and redistributive powers, is bare added than ever. It constitutes the abiding eyes of Uefa back 1998!

“It is aswell to pave the alley for the affluent actors of the west European football to get their easily on the endure affair they do not ascendancy yet: Fifa and the apple government of football.”

The above Spurs accompaniment David Ginola pulled out of the chase endure Friday, accepting been backed by a bookmaker that had paid him £250,000 to stand.

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