David Ginola ‘to Run for Fifa Presidency Against Sepp Blatter’!
Former France international David Ginola says he will stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.
Despite the announcement, it is not certain Ginola will actually be able to carry through his intention.
He needs the support of five football associations and must show active involvement in football for two of the past five years to be eligible.
Ginola, 47, is being backed by a betting firm with whom he has arranged a news conference in London on Friday.
He served as an ambassador for England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
A spokeswoman for the former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder said: “We will be looking for the full support of Uefa and five football associations.”
Ginola’s playing career
Won 17 French caps, played for a decade in his native country, including at Paris St-Germain, before signing for Newcastle for £2.5m in 1995.
Joined Spurs for £2.5m in 1997, moving on to Aston Villa in 2000 and going on finish his Premier League career at Everton in 2002.
Nominations for the presidency of world football’s governing body close on 29 January.
Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and former diplomat Jerome Champagne, who joined Fifa in 1999, are the other candidates to announce they will stand.
Blatter has been Fifa president since 1998 and is seeking a a fifth term in office.