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Prince Ali targets interim FIFA presidency before an election

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein - challenging Sepp Blatter
Image: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: Looking to take over the FIFA hotseat immediately

Prince Ali of Jordan is investigating if FIFA rules would allow him to be declared interim president before a fresh election, according to Sky sources.

With Sepp Blatter revealing he was standing down as the investigation into football corruption intensified, speculation built throughout Wednesday on which candidates would be keen to go for the vacant role.

Brazil legend Zico revaled he was considering standing for the post, along with South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon. UEFA president Michel Platini and ex-Newcastle United star David Ginola, put up by a bookmaker to run against Blatter before failing to get a single nomination, are other possibilities.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (newly elected on FIFA's executive committee), Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (head of Asian football confederation), Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag and Issa Hayatou (president of African football) may also be contenders.

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Watch a reminder of Prince Alin Bin Al Hussein's closing speech at the FIFA congress.

Prince Ali secured enough votes against Blatter last week to have taken the election to a second round and after hinting he might run again, Sky sources can reveal his team are keen on seeing if their man can be installed in the position with immediate effect until the full election.

One official said the election of a replacement might not take place until at least December. In the interim period, Blatter has promised to "focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts".

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Former FIFA Presidential Candidate Luis Figo says the time isn't right to decide whether he will put himself forward again as a candidate now that Sepp Bla

On the back of Blatter's shock announcement, Prince Ali said: "I think this is the right move from Sepp Blatter and I think we have to look to the future.

"I am always there to serve football and I think that's the most important thing and to do so much work to fix this organisation in a proper way. I am at the disposal of our national associations."

In January, the English Football Association formally nominated Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as a candidate to stand against Blatter.

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