Jockeying is fierce among international soccer executives in the battle to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Diane Hodges reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** No access.co.uk web sites and all websites principally targeted at the UK and/or Eire;NO USE AFTER July 1, 2015 ON ALL PLATFORMS - for re-use contact sales[at]itnsource.com~** The battle to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president has begun in earnest...and the competition is fierce. Jordan's Prince Ali was the runner-up at last week's meeting where Blatter was re-elected. Jordan's football league believes he is now the obvious choice..although Ali is giving little away. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, PRINCE ALI BIN AL-HUSSEIN OF JORDAN, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE CONTINUES OVER STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF PRINCE ALI) "Well, first of all, I think that I am very happy that the change happened. I cannot say anything, any more than that." Honorary FIFA Vice-President Chung Mong-Joon (CHUHNG MAWNG JOON) is one man who has openly said he's looking at the job. He says he'll talk with other leaders of the sport and decide soon what to do. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) HONORARY FIFA VICE PRESIDENT CHUNG MONG-JOON SAYING: "I will make my decision after meeting with international football leaders and listening to their opinions." But the man who is considered most likely to become the next head of FIFA is the French national who heads the UEFA (you-AY-fah), Michel Platini. Noel Le Graet, the head of the French football federation, says Platini is the best man for the job. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FOOTBALL FEDERATION PRESIDENT, NOEL LE GRAET, SAYING: "All the Europeans think that Michel (Platini) is the best but it's up to him to decide if he wants to change his life, is he ready to take on the fight, which is now of course less difficult (after Blatter's departure), he's the key player in world football today, he's the one with the most experience." Whoever becomes the next head of the sport will need to move quickly to put the scandal behind it, says Frederic Thiriez, the president of the French football league. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, FREDERIC THIRIEZ, SAYING: "The way ahead is clear, we urgently need to get out of this crisis because today I'm thinking about the millions of young kids throughout the world along with fans, who are confused by what is going on." The winner will face a huge task in shepherding the organization through a scandal that seems to widen by the day.