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Prince Ali of Jordan promises to take on Michel Platini for Fifa presidency

By Martyn Ziegler

Prince Ali of Jordan has announced he will run again for the Fifa presidency next year and threw down the gauntlet to his rivals including Michel Platini by claiming they "didn't have the guts" to challenge Sepp Blatter.

The prince, who lost May's election to Blatter by 130 votes to 73, made the announcement in Jordan. He will face opposition from Uefa president Platini, who supported him in the last campaign but is now the favourite to succeed Blatter, and Korea's Chung Mong-joon in the election on February 26. Former Brazil star Zico has also declared his intention to run.

Prince Ali, son of the late King Hussein of Jordan, has said Platini represents 'old Fifa' as he is a former protege of Blatter's. His speech also made pointed remarks that others had been afraid to challenge Blatter who is stepping down after 17 years at the helm.

He said: "Ten months ago, I was the only person who dared to challenge Mr Blatter for the presidency of Fifa. I ran because I believe that Fifa needs change. And I had the courage to fight for change when others were afraid.

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"I conceded that election. Not because I was not the best candidate, but because others were using me to make room for themselves.

"They didn't have the guts to run, but I did. Ever since President Blatter promised his resignation just a few days later, they have been scrambling to secure the job for themselves.

"I didn't stand for election the first time to make way for others. This election should be about football and not personal ambition. I will not be a pawn for others."

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