London - Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona has decided to stand as a
candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, Uruguayan journalist
and author Victor Hugo Morales has said.
Morales said Maradona had told him of his intention when he called the
former coach of the Argentina national team to check on the condition of his
sick father on Sunday.
"He told me he was going to run for president of FIFA and authorised me
to inform," Morales posted in Spanish on his twitter feed
"'I am a candidate' were the two words Diego Maradona used to answer me
when I consulted him about the nomination for the presidency of FIFA," he
added in another tweet.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month suggested Maradona
become the next FIFA president.
Maradona, 54, has long been a trenchant critic of Blatter and last month
said he was "enjoying" the corruption scandal that led the Swiss to
announce he would stand down at an extraordinary congress of soccer's world
Like Brazilian Zico, another great former player who has announced his
candidacy, Maradona might struggle to get the support of federations from five
countries, as required under FIFA statutes.
Liberia Football Association Chairman Musa Bility is the other candidate
announced so far for a ballot likely to take place later this year or in early
Morales is famous around Latin America for his passionate commentary of
Maradona's wonder goal against England at the 1986 World Cup. Maradona led
Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in that tournament.
The pair hosted a TV show together for Venezuelan station Telesur during
last year's World Cup in Brazil.