Bin Hammam and Blatter to contest FIFA presidency

IFA president Joseph Blatter will face a single challenger in Mohamed bin Hammam in elections to head football’s world governing body.

FIFA confirmed that Bin Hammam and incumbent Blatter will contest the presidency. The deadline for nominations as a candidate for the presidency passed on April 1.

Bin Hammam, 61, head of the Asian football confederation, had announced in March he would be standing against Blatter.
The president will be elected in Zurich on June 1 as part of the 61st FIFA Congress.

A total of 208 votes will be cast, with the winner requiring a two-thirds majority of the valid votes in the first ballot, or a majority in the second. Blatter, 75, has been head of FIFA since 1998. He has said he would stand down in 2015 if he is re-elected for a fourth term.

Bin Hammam has been on FIFA’s executive committee for 15 years.

His international profile has soared recently, largely thanks to his role in securing the 2022 World Cup for his home country, and the successful staging of the Asian Cup in Doha.

In confirming his candidacy last month, Bin Hammam said “change is necessary and needed” in football’s world governing body and he would be seeking “a more transparent environment within FIFA.” Blatter has not faced a challenger since 2002 when he beat African confederation president Issa Hayatou by 139 votes to 56.