Football: Champagne out of Fifa presidency race after he fails to get enough support

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne attends the "New FIFA Now" summit at the European Parliament in Brussels on Jan 21, 2015. He has now pulled out of his bid after not winning sufficient backing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne attends the "New FIFA Now" summit at the European Parliament in Brussels on Jan 21, 2015. He has now pulled out of his bid after not winning sufficient backing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERNE (Reuters) - Fifa presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of contention after not winning sufficient backing, he said on Monday.

He added in a statement that he had the support of only three national associations for his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, rather than the five stipulated in the rules.

"I regret to have to announce that I have not presented the five sponsorship letters needed to be registered as a candidate in the election of 29 May," the Frenchman said.