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FIFA World Cup

 By PA Sport

England FA backs Prince Ali for FIFA president as David Ginola's bid stops

England will back Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the FIFA presidential election.

England's Football Association formally nominated Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as a candidate to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, while the campaign by David Ginola appeared to end  on Thursday.

The decision was rubber-stamped at an FA board meeting -- but board members also welcomed the decision by Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to run for the presidency.

Former Portugal international Luis Figo is also standing, while French former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne is hoping...

By ESPN Staff
12 hours ago

Figo: I know what's best for FIFA

Portugese legend Luis Figo outlined his reasons for standing for the FIFA presidency against Sepp Blatter who has been president since 1998.

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Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

MOSCOW -- Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

The Russian government is cutting its spending by 10 percent across the board after the central bank predicted last month that the economy could contract by between 4.5 and 4.7 percent this year, under pressure from low oil prices and international sanctions.

Mutko, who is a FIFA Executive Committee member, said in comments...

Sepp Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the latest challengers to Joseph Blatter's role as FIFA president.
ESPN FC's Dale Johnson looks at whether Luis Figo's candidacy for FIFA presidency will further dilute the vote against Sepp Blatter.
Dutchman Michael van Praag has announced he will stand against Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is confident in his campaign for a fifth term in office.
Former Premier League footballer David Ginola has announced his intention to run in the FIFA Presidential elections this year.

ZURICH -- Sepp Blatter has confirmed his entry in the FIFA presidential contest without revealing which five national federations have nominated him.

Blatter posted a message on his Twitter account to say "I've made my submission."

Thursday is the deadline for entries. Voting by FIFA's 209 federations is May 29.

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Prince Ali welcomes Van Praag in election race for FIFA presidency

Dutchman Michael van Praag has announced he will stand against Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election.
ESPN FC's Dale Johnson looks at whether Luis Figo's candidacy for FIFA presidency will further dilute the vote against Sepp Blatter.
Former French international David Ginola explains his reasoning to run for the FIFA presidency, indicating he wants to help restore FIFA's image.
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has labelled David Ginola's campaign a 'stunt'.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is confident in his campaign for a fifth term in office.

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has offered a diplomatic welcoming to the news that Dutch football-chief Michael Van Praag is putting himself forward for the FIFA presidential elections due to take place in May.

Van Praag led a European rebellion against Sepp Blatter last summer and Prince Ali sees it as a good for the credibility of FIFA.

"We welcome other credible colleagues from the football family who want to join a debate about the future of FIFA," he told Inside...