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Former France and Tottenham player David Ginola announces he will run for FIFA Presidency


Former Tottenham and France internation David Ginola has thrown his name into the hat for the upcoming FIFA Presidency elections.

He released a video message on his campaign website urging those who want change in FIFA to join 'team Ginola'.

"We all know that the Fifa system isn't working," said Ginola, 

"I'm standing because, like you, I love football," he continued. "The game needs to change, but I can't change it on my own. I need you to stand up and change it with me. I need you in my team."

"By joining Team Ginola you are saying 'yes' to a Fifa built on democracy, transparency and equality. You are saying 'yes' to a Fifa which cares about one thing - football."

A spokeswoman for the former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder said: "We will be looking for the full support of Uefa and five football associations."

That support will be crucial if Ginola is to stand, as the 47 year old will need endorsement from five football associations and must show active involvement in football for two of the past five years to be eligible.

Ginola was part of the bidding team for England's failed 2018 World Cup bid, and has also acted as an advisor for a lower tier club in France.

His bid also has the support of pressure group ChangeFifa, which has long campaigned for new leadership at the top of the organisation.

Should he receive the required support from associations, he will be standing against vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and former diplomat Jerome Champagne, as well as current President Sepp Blatter, who is hoping to stand for a fifth term, having become President of the organisation in 1998.

He has however come under increased scrutiny in recent months of accusations of widespread corruption amongst the top levels of the governing body, especially in relation to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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