Dutch football association chairman Michael van Praag has launched a campaign to be appointed president of football’s ruling body Fifa, in a direct challenge to Sepp Blatter.
Van Praag says he and the KNVB believe it is his responsibility to take the step.
‘Everyone knows that the KNVB is extremely worried about Fifa’s reputation and the way Fifa is organised and run,’ he said. ‘I had hoped that a reliable candidate would come forward. But that has not happened.’
‘And that is why we, partly as one of the founders of Fifa, have to accept our responsibilities, and I have to accept my responsibility by coming forward as a candidate.
Van Praag is an outspoken critic of Blatter, 78, who has chaired Fifa since 1998. On Tuesday, his official candidacy with the required five letters from associations who support him will be sent to Fifa headquarters in Zurich, a KNVB statement said.
The election will take place at Fifa’s Congress in May, with Blatter seeking a fifth term as president.
Van Praag is the fifth man to challenge Blatter. Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali Bin al Hussein, David Ginola and Mino Raiola have already come forward.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.