Football player agent Mino Raiola, who represents star players such as Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint Germain and Italian international forward Mario Balotelli of Liverpool, said he plans on running for the FIFA presidency against current boss Sepp Blatter. However, he realizes that he may have to wait another four years to do so since the next FIFA elections are set for this May and Raiola needs the backing of five FIFA membership associations before he can enter the presidential race.
Raiola said FIFA needs to be shaken up and he’s sick at the thought of Blatter being re-elected yet again. The high-profile agent recently told the media, “I have been criticizing FIFA for years, so it’s time to act on it. I’ve had enough of how Sepp Blatter and FIFA have been treating the game. It makes me sick just thinking about it that Blatter is re-elected. FIFA should be there for the fans, professional players and amateur players, but they don’t do anything for these three groups.”
There’s no doubt that millions of football fans across the globe feel the same was Raiola does, and he went on to say, “How dare you organize a World Cup in South Africa and then ask 150 pounds for a ticket? It’s a disgrace. FIFA wants to organize a party in someone else’s house and then demands a huge entrance fee, but the owner of the house does not get anything. This has got to stop. It’s incomprehensible that some FAs still vote for Blatter.”
Raiola claimed that if he can’t run in the upcoming 2015 FIFA voting then he’ll try again in 2019. He remarked that he doesn’t know which five FIFA associations he will ask to back him as of yet, but he’ll work on it. Raiola isn’t the only one who plans on taking Blatter’s job as former French international David Ginola recently announced that he’ll run in the election and fellow Frenchman Jerome Champagne said the same thing as has Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.