Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein Pulls Out Of FIFA Presidential Race

  May 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm by

Prince Ali Bin al Hussein of Jordan has pulled out of the FIFA presidential race during the second round of voting which was held today at the FIFA’s 65th congress in Zurich.

This means that chief Sepp Blatter will serve a fifth term by default. Sepp Blatter received 133 votes to Prince Ali’s 73 of the 206 votes casted. Prince Ali failed to win the two-third majority, he withdrew and addressed the crowd.

The Jordanian Prince said, “It has been a wonderful journey in terms of knowing you and working with you, seeing the challenges you have, and I want to thank in particular those of you who were brave enough to support me.” He went on saying “But having said that I will be withdrawing from the race. Thank you all very much and I wish you all the best of luck for the future.”

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein was one of three men challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. The Prince is King Abdullah II of Jordan’s half brother and is 40 years old. He has been President of the Jordanian Football Association since 1999. A year later, he founded the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF). In 2011, he was elected FIFA Vice President for Asia, he was 35 years old at the time.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein at the FIFA Congress in Zurich, May 29.

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