Football: Prince Ali bin al Hussein to stand in new Fifa presidency elections: official

Members of the Jordanian women's national soccer team welcome Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (left), upon his arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, after his return from participating in the International Federation of Association
Members of the Jordanian women's national soccer team welcome Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (left), upon his arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, after his return from participating in the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) elections on Friday (May 31). -- PHOTO: REUTERS/

AMMAN (AFP) - Jordanian Prince Ali bin al Hussein will stand in new elections for the presidency of world football's governing body after Sepp Blatter announced he was to quit Fifa, a senior Jordanian football official said.

Prince Ali failed in his bid last week to oust Blatter, the Swiss veteran winning a fifth term in Friday's vote, but then announcing Tuesday that he was to step down amid a growing corruption scandal.

"As for new elections, Prince Ali is ready," Sala Sabra, vice-president of the Jordanian football federation which the prince heads up, told AFP.

The prince, Sabra added, was also ready "to take up the presidency immediately if they ask him".