Maradona to run for FIFA president

Why not, why not!!

Diego Maradona and the late Hugo Chavez

Diego Maradona and the late Hugo Chavez

The Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona told radio station Radio La Red in Buenos Aires late in May that his complaints about FIFA corruption had been ignored for years. “I was treated like a crazy person,” he said. “Now the FBI has told the truth. There is no soccer. There is no transparency. Enough lying to people and dinner parties to re-elect Blatter.” Now he is putting it on the line.

Maradona will run for the presidency of scandal-hit world soccer body FIFA, media reported Monday.

“I’m a candidate,” the outspoken retired footballer and coach told a close associate, according to Argentinian daily Clarin and other publications.

Maradona has been one of the harshest critics of FIFA’s top executives, especially its disgraced president, the Swiss-born Joseph Blatter.

Blatter – who defiantly stood for reelection in May even as several FIFA officials were indicted for bribery and money laundering, and was voted to fifth four-year term – finally caved in to pressure, calling for extraordinary congress to elect a successor.

Victor Hugo Morales, Maradona’s Uruguayan co-host on a sports program that airs on Venezuelan TV network Telesur, said via Twitter that he had called the ex-player and “he told me that he was going to be a candidate for the presidency of FIFA and he authorized me to announce it.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro first proposed Maradona run for football’s top office earlier this month.

Based on a file from Xinhua

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