Former honorary Vice President of FIFA, Chung Mong-Joon, has announced his bid to run for the 2016 FIFA presidency. He made his intentions very clear—to change the football governing body in just four years. The 61-year-old made the announcement on August 17 at a conference in Paris, noting in his speech that FIFA is currently under crisis.
The arrest of former FIFA Development Officer Julio Rocha in May, along with 13 other officials who were reportedly involved in the corruption scandal, came as a shock, especially to fans. Less than a month later, FIFA’s long-standing president, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, resigned from his post. Blatter, 79, first assumed the role in June 1998.
Given the nature of these circumstances, the new South Korean presidential candidate said that the new president “must be a crisis manager,” as the organization is in need of a leader who is capable of restoring “common sense, transparency, and accountability.” Mong-Joon also added that the success of any institution depends on “periodic change of leadership.”
Ending his speech, Chung Mong-Joon pledged his vow to all the football fans around the globe, promising to change the organization if he gets elected.
The elections will take place in February next year. Also running for chief of FIFA is the current president of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA), Michel Platini, although he is currently under investigation over an “alleged smear campaign.” Other candidates include fellow football icon Zico, and Liberia FA chairman, Musa Bility.
In other FIFA news, word is out that Rocha, who was one of the officials at the center of the scandal, has since been charged with embezzlement and money laundering in Nicaragua. The investigation is still ongoing and Rocha is requesting extradition.
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Murray, C., “Nicaragua charges ex-FIFA official Rocha, seeks extradition,” Reuters web site, August 17, 2015; http://goo.gl/BTE9T6.