Manchester - Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who led a challenge against FIFA
president Sepp Blatter this year, said on Monday that world football leaders
must have known about the corruption that has rocked the governing body.
But the former FIFA vice president from Jordan is still not saying whether
he will take on UEFA leader Michel Platini and South Korean tycoon Chung Mong-Joon
for the FIFA presidency in a vote in February.
Prince Ali said the FIFA brand is now "extremely damaged" and that
its top leaders could not escape the spotlight caused by the arrest of seven
FIFA officials in a Zurich hotel in May on US bribery charges.
"I do believe that anything that happened within FIFA was known within
the leadership of FIFA," the prince said at the Soccerex convention in
Manchester. "There is no way that is not the case."
Member of the executive committee "undoubtedly" knew what was
going on in football deals, he added.
"If a player or if somebody breaks the rules then they are punished
regardless of where they come from, OK So why is the executive committee
The prince also said Blatter "should take responsibility" and
FIFA has been embroiled in a major corruption scandal since the arrest of
the seven officials on May 27. They are among 14 people charged by US
authorities over more than $150 million in bribes given for television and
The Prince challenged Blatter for the FIFA presidency two days later but
gave up after the first round of voting.
The Prince said he is still talking with national associations about
standing in the new race.
"We need a candidate who is forward thinking" and "who is not
tainted by the past." When asked how long his decision would take, the
prince said "not for very long". An announcement is expected within