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Football: Champagne set to launch bid to succeed Blatter as Fifa boss

Published on Jan 17, 2014 11:14 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Former Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne will hold a press conference in London on Monday, in which he is expected to announce his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body.

"I will not make any comment until Monday," Champagne, 55, said when asked by AFP on Friday if he would be announcing his candidacy to succeed Blatter in 2015.

The Frenchman did not specify the reasons for the press conference in an e-mail sent to media inviting them to attend and, if he does launch a formal bid for the presidency, he will be the first to do so.

At the end of December 2012, former diplomat Champagne revealed to AFP the reforms that he felt were necessary to put an end to "the crisis of governance" within Fifa, although he made no mention then of any intention to run for the presidency.

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