Japan hints at not backing S. Korean candidate for FIFA president [2015/09/02 16:58]

Japan may not support a South Korean *candidate for the *presidency of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body.

Kozo Tashima, vice president of the Japan Football Association, hinted that he would not back Chung Mong-joon, a former FIFA vice president of Korea, who will *run for the president, the Yonhap news agency said, quoting a report by the Japanese daily sports newspaper Sports Nippon on Aug. 20.

“Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, president of the Asian Football *Confederation, has expressed his support for UEFA President Michel Platini,” Tashima said, when asked about the election on the *sidelines of an AFC meeting. “It’s important to have *solidarity at the *continental association.”

Chung, who announced his candidacy on Aug. 17, told Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun that he has a 99 percent chance of *winning the election if he can get support from Japan.

The election is scheduled for Feb. 26 next year. Platini is also *in the running for FIFA presidency.

On July 30, Sheikh Salman said in a statement, “We have of course noted Michel Platini’s decision to *stand, and he is certainly a unique candidate who would bring stability and a smooth *transition to *normality for FIFA in this difficult situation.”

The *incumbent president Sepp Blatter has offered to *step down amid *corruption scandals that have damaged FIFA’s image.
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