The search is on for a new permanent president of FIFA following the resignation of Sepp Blatter on Tuesday. Blatter resigned after getting re-elected for a fifth term, with a massive corruption scandal involving 14 individuals – seven of whom were arrested in Zurich last Friday – putting a target on his back.
The United States Justice Department indicted nine soccer officials and five sports marketing executives, who are being charged with wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering under Blatter’s watch.
Among those being considered for the next permanent president of FIFA are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Michel Platini, the co-favorites at 3/2 odds at Bodog to win the election that will be held sometime between late 2015 and early 2016. Prince Ali has been the vice president of FIFA for Asia since 2011 and lost the most recent election for president to Blatter last Friday.
Platini is the current president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and considered one of the greatest soccer players of all-time. The former French midfielder was chosen for the FIFA World Cup Dream Team and finished sixth in voting for FIFA Player of the Century, which is shared by joint winners Pele and Diego Maradona.
Odds To Be Elected Next Permanent President of FIFA at Bodog
- Prince Ali bin al-Hussein 3/2
- Michel Platini 3/2
- Luis Figo 6/1
- Senes Erzik 12/1
- Ted Howard 12/1
- David Gill 14/1
- Issa Hayatou 14/1
- Michael van Praag 16/1
- Jim Boyce 20/1
- Jerome Champagne 25/1
- David Ginola 33/1
- Greg Dyke 100/1
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