Chung Mong Joon launches Federation Internationale de Football Association presidency bid, attacks Blatter
Paris: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has slammed comments by Chung Mong-Joon, a candidate to take over football’s world body calling it a corrupt organisation.
However, it is no secret Blatter does not want Platini to win the presidential election.
Other people to declare are Michel Platini, current head of the European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Brazilian superstar Zico and Liberian FA boss Musa Bility have also expressed interest.
“I think that the important thing is that you need an overall change in leadership”, said the prince (photo above), who described Platini as “not good for FIFA” when the UEFA president launched his campaign two weeks ago.
Chung announced his candidacy earlier Monday and vowed to clean up the corruption that some say ran rampant under Blatter.
“If I’m elected I will serve one term of four years”.
In an interview revealed on the weekend, the Swiss claimed there was “an anti-Fifa virus” infecting Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon an accused Platini of getting “modified” since turning into its president.
Platini is considered by many to be the favorite to replace Blatter. “The core issue of the coming election is whether the 40-year-old system of corruption should continue or not”. He also criticizes Platini’s shift in attitude toward Blatter.
He stated the Frenchman had additionally warned his brother that he would “go to jail” if he didn’t step down. The latest example: South Korean billionaire Chung Mong Joon. Educated at the prestigious Seoul National University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, he controls Hyundai Heavy Industries, one of the world’s biggest engineering groups.
“According to those letters, Korea intended to raise US$777 million from 2011 to build new football infrastructure and renovate existing facilities”, said the report, which added that the fund was linked to South Korea’s 2022 bid.
In politics, Chung stood for the South Korean presidency in 2002. In the past he has also been a competitive equestrian competitor and cross-country skier.
Chung blames the previous president Sepp Blatter for the recent corruption scandals which have cast shadows over the sport and its organizing body.