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FIFA Presidency: Van Praag Steps Down From Race

Posted: May 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

DUTCH Football Association President, Michael Van Praag, has stepped down from the race for the FIFA Presidency.

He took the action to support Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein’s bid in an effort to oust long time FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

Just eight days before May 29’s election, the Dutch FA (KNVB) chief backed out of the race to run world football’s governing body.

He is expected to elaborate on his decision at a press conference on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

“Michael van Praag has decided, after long consideration with stakeholders and third parties that he withdraw his candidacy for the FIFA presidency,” the KNVB said in a statement. “He will support the bid of Prince Ali Al Hussein now.

“An explanation on his decision will be held during an international press conference in Amsterdam.

“Michael van Praag will give his explanation on his decision and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will speak as well.”

Van Praag’s decision to stand aside is believed to be an attempt to unite opposition against Blatter, who is said to be unpopular among football fans and has presided over a FIFA that gave World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar amid corruption and bribery claims.

Despite the negative publicity surrounding the reigning FIFA chief, the Swiss is expected to stay in power unless there is a seismic shift in the week leading up the election.

Van Praag hopes that by backing of Jordan’s Prince Ali bin-Hussein, he will help to pool for votes against Blatter, though some FAs are still set to vote for third candidate, Luis Figo.

Blatter has been in charge of FIFA since 1998 and had promised to make this current term his last, before debunking the statement to announce his intention to run for a fifth time.