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as the Young West
Indies whipped Fiji by
262 runs in their
World Cup match on
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to win this trophy
now six times, but
after winning the
Australian Open title
for the sixth time on
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LONDON---Gianni Infantino will
not appoint a fellow European to
run the FIFA administration if he
is elected president, indicating he
wants an African to fill the role
The Swiss-Italian candidate,
who is UEFA's general secretary,
said he would quickly seek to
replace the fired Jerome Valcke
if he wins the February 26 FIFA
"What we want to do is open
the doors of FIFA
administration. I am convinced
the general secretary of FIFA
should not be European,"
Infantino told reporters in
London yesterday. "Why not an
African?" FIFA has had ten
secretary-generals since 1904,
One obvious contender would
be Hicham El Amrani, the
general secretary of the African
Infantino also revealed he had
endured death threats over the
European governing body's
pursuit of match-fixing
"I have received life threats
against me and my family
because UEFA was acting
against match-fixing," he said. "I
have to have police escort for my
children because of the actions
of UEFA against match-fixing."
Infantino to hire non-European to run administration
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan was
born December 23, 1975. He is the third
son of King Hussein, and the second child
of the king by his third wife, Queen Alia.
In September 2015, Prince Ali
announced his candidacy in the FIFA
presidential election following Sepp
Blatter's resignation. Prince Ali is
president of the Jordan Football
Association. He is also the founder and
president of the West Asian Football
He first announced his interest in the
FIFA in 2010. His campaign focused on
change, football ideals, and uniting and
raising the profile of Asian countries,
within FIFA and generally. He won the
election for the position of FIFA vice
president, representing Asia (25 votes to
20 for his opponent Dr Chung Mong-
joon) at the AFC Congress in Doha, Qatar,
on 6 January 2011. As FIFA vice president,
Prince Ali served as a member of both
the FIFA Executive Committee and the
AFC Executive Committee.
Prince Ali successfully championed the
lifting of FIFA's ban on the hijab in
women's football and was one of a
number of FIFA officials to call for the
publication of the Garcia Report into
allegations of corruption surrounding
Russia and Qatar's bids for the 2018 and
2022 FIFA World Cups.
Ali lost the 2015 FIFA Presidency
election to Sepp Blatter after resigning
before second round voting took place.
Blatter secured 60 more votes than Ali in
the first round of voting, shy of the two
thirds majority required to win in the first
round, though with only a simple majority
required in subsequent rounds Ali's
defeat appeared to be inevitable.
However, following Blatter's
announcement in June 2015 that he
would resign from the post amid the
ongoing corruption scandal, Ali
announced in September 2015 that he
would run for FIFA president again in the
2016 special election.
In the following - the first of a two-part
article, Prince Ali provides an insight into
his outlook on the sport. His conclusion
will be carried in tomorrow's Guardian.
Had fate delivered a quirky twist,
Gurinder Chadha's 2002 hit movie might
have been called "Bend it like Ali". My
only failing was my football talent.
We all follow different paths in life,
and David Beckham, whose name ulti-
mately featured in the movie title, was
destined to be a great footballer.
He is perhaps the most recognisable
face in the sport. But football has many
faces, and the retired midfielder recently
provided a unique insight into the diverse
world of the game.
The biggest footballing headlines in
the last year have centred on the scan-
dal-plagued travails of FIFA, but the
world governing body is not the true
heart of football. Its true heart can be
found far beyond its Zurich offices, and
the former England international revealed
it to us in his documentary, "David Beck-
ham: For the Love of the Game".
It charts a hectic ten days, during
which he played seven games of football
in seven continents. He kicked off on
a rugged pitch carved out of the jungle
in Papua New Guinea, in an intertribal
game involving policemen and farmers.
He played on cobblestones outside a
temple in earthquake-ravaged Nepal,
before heading to the small east African
country of Djibouti, where he played
with youngsters from the Ali Addeh
refugee camp on a gravel pitch used by
the settlement's 14 official teams.
He journeyed to Argentina, playing
with children on a concrete pitch in a
poor neighbourhood of Buenos Aires
before flying to Antarctica for a game
on ice and snow. He then flew to Miami
for a game with young women on a
rooftop pitch of artificial grass.
Beckham ended back on his old home
turf of Old Trafford in Manchester for
a fundraising international played before
75,000 fans to raise cash for his charity,
the 7 fund, set up last year to continue
his longstanding support for the United
Nations children's agency, Unicef.
The beautifully filmed 90-minute
documentary showed that while we live
in a disparate world, football can rise
above poverty and inequality and be a
force for good, even for the most vul-
nerable among us.
Football has the ability to transcend
geopolitical problems and change lives.
It teaches self-discipline, encourages
teamwork, empowers youth and draws
Beckham showed us that football is
more than just a game. It boasts a culture
that bridges racial, cultural, religious
and ethnic divides. It is, in its own way,
an international language understood
by people from every corner of the globe.
I have said before that FIFA does not
own football - that rests with the players,
coaches, officials and hundreds of million
of fans - but it does have a responsibility
to provide leadership for the sport and
help develop the game at all levels.
The organisation's staff have been
instrumental in delivering valuable
regional development programmes, but
in my view it could do so much better.
The handbrake to growth and develop-
ment has been FIFA's leadership.
Sadly, it would appear that some indi-
viduals have personally profited from
their roles within FIFA and some con-
tinental confederations. There have been
problems, too, with the slow drip-feed-
ing of development funds. This may
have ensured ongoing loyalty to FIFA's
hierachy by nations dependent on such
funding, but it has done nothing to get
This way of doing things must change.
FIFA, which generated record revenues
of more than US$5,700,000,000 from
2011-2014, needs to do a better job of
sharing its substantial cash reserves.
It needs to bolster its development
budget and deliver projects in a simpler,
more rational, transparent and honest
way. Development starts at the grass-
roots, be it young children showing their
first flicker of interest in the sport, the
youths in refugee camps, or those look-
ing for paths to advance their playing
FIFA can support development with
regional offices staffed by professionals
who can help member nations not only
apply for funding, but implement their
projects. Countries need access to expert
advice and support - and FIFA has the
ability to deliver both.
Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, centre, and Prince Hashem, right, son of his brother King Abdullah, watch Jordan play
against Japan during their 2014 World Cup.
FIFA presidency---Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
Football can be a force for good
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