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FA will back Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein Fifa president bid

By Robert Jones

The Football Association will throw their weight behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's campaign for the Fifa presidency.

FA chairman Greg Dyke is understood to have offered the association's backing to the Jordanian prince and to nominate him to stand against Sepp Blatter.

Discussions have taken place between FA board members ahead of a meeting tomorrow and the decision has been taken to support Prince Ali, who has led calls for further reforms of the world governing body. This is expected to be formally announced following the board meeting.

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag has also announced that he is to stand for Fifa president but that will not affect the FA's decision. Van Praag, a fierce critic of Blatter's, already has the minimum five nominations in the bag, which he will make public today.

The FA board's view is that the more reformist candidates who enter the contest the better, and that they want both Prince Ali and Van Praag confirmed as candidates. Whether both remain candidates when the vote takes place in May or one drops out and backs the other remains a possibly.

In October, Dyke stated his desire to see Blatter come up against another presidential candidate in May.

Nominations for the presidency close tomorrow. Of those other figures who have announced they are standing, only French former diplomat Jerome Champagne appears to have any chance of securing five nominations, which means David Ginola's campaign will be over.

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