Maradona To Stand For FIFA Presidency, Reports In South America

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Diego Maradona wants to run for the Fifa presidency, if reports in Argentina are anything to go by.

Uruguayan broadcaster and writer Victor Hugo Morales tweeted that the 54-year-old has decided to stand for the position.

Maradona has been a long-time critic of Blatter. The former Argentina captain and coach featured in four Fifa World Cup finals and was voted joint Fifa Player of the 20th Century with Pele in 2000.

Morales tweeted: “I called Diego Maradona to check on his father’s health. He told me that he would be a candidate for president of Fifa and that I was authorised to communicate it.”

Diego Maradona Played in Four Fifa World Cup Tournaments and Captained Argentina to Triumph in Mexico 1986. Image: Reuters.
Diego Maradona Played in Four Fifa World Cup Tournaments and Captained Argentina to Triumph in Mexico 1986. Image: Reuters.

Former Brazil international Zico and Liberian FA boss Musa Bility have already confirmed they will stand to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Blatter had, on 2 June, announced he would step down as president amid allegations of bribery and racketeering charges among high ranking officials and corruption surrounding the decision to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals in Russia and Qatar.

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