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Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jor-
dan 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 Foot-
ball Association. He is also the
founder and president of the West
Asian Football Federation.
Prince Ali successfully champi-
oned the lifting of FIFA s ban on
the hijab in women s football and
was one of a number of FIFA offi-
cials 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 vot-
ing took place.
However, following Blatter s
announcement in June 2015 that
he would resign from the post
amid the ongoing corruption scan-
dal, Ali announced in September
2015 that he would run for FIFA
president again in the 2016 special
In the following article, Prince
Ali concludes his insight into his
outlook on football and what one
may expect from him should he
succeed Blatter. The first part was
published in yesterday s Guardian.
It is only through aggressive devel-
opment programmes that we can
address the major disparities in
football across the globe. Some coun-
tries struggle to provide even the most
basic of equipment to their players,
such as footballs and playing kits.
They lack suitable pitches and
simply do not have the cash to
develop the game. This hinders
everything. They might struggle to
fund tournaments, kit out repre-
sentative teams, or arrange the
training needed to upskill coaches.
Some countries, particularly island
nations, struggle with travel costs.
They all deserve FIFA s help, which
needs to be delivered through even-
handed development programmes that
show no favouritism.
So much about football relies upon
successful grassroots development,
with flow-on benefits to players at all
It is my view that FIFA can afford
to boost annual financial assistance
packages for all member associations
from US$250,000 to US$1 million.
This would be over and above the tai-
lor-made development packages avail-
able to countries based on their needs.
There remains huge untapped
potential in the women s game, which
represents the largest growth area in
football globally. It needs more support
at all levels, expecially so in countries
where it remains under-represented.
So, what are to make of last year s
revelations that have damaged the rep-
utation of FIFA---the so-called "World
Cup of Fraud" described by one of the
The prosecutions will play out in
good time, but several things are clear.
FIFA s future is not about politics,
favours, its less-than-transparent com-
mercial dealings or questionable back-
room deals. It is about good gover-
Some, I think, still struggle to realise
that the old ways will have no place
in a revitalised FIFA. The world gov-
erning body will no longer be run as
something akin to a personal fiefdom.
Its leadership must strictly abide by
the rules governing them, be clear
about everything they do on behalf of
football, and be responsible for their
Politics should have no part in FIFA s
These goals are nothing remarkable.
In fact, they are normal for most mod-
An open FIFA run as a service
organisation for its member nations
will build confidence among sponsors,
players, fans and other stakeholders.
Their confidence has been sorely
I witnessed FIFA s bunker-style
mentality during my four years on its
Executive Committee. I was elected
in 2011 to represent my region with a
mandate to push for change and sup-
port football development. But change,
it transpired, was not on FIFA s agenda.
In fact, the very concept was akin to
It was made clear before I ven-
tured into the committee s grey
underground meeting room that if I
didn t ask too many questions and
toed the line, I would get on fine. It
proved a difficult time.
It was a frustrating four years which
left me with the clear view that FIFA
had to change both the way it did
business and its leadership.
For a start, it should publish accu-
rate minutes of Executive Committee
meetings, release Michael Garcia s full
report into corruption, and publish
the salaries of FIFA s top leadership,
including the president.
FIFA also needs to clearly lay out
the roles and responsibilities of the
president, Executive Committee mem-
bers, and other senior personnel so
that the extent and limit of authority
is clearly understood.
FIFA also needs structural changes.
Its commercial arm must be separated
from it sporting side. Secret business
deals, including no-bid contracts, must
be brought to an end. These, I believe,
have resulted in major revenue loss-
es---money which could have gone to
support member associations.
Put simply, FIFA can do better.
Reform has been discussed at var-
ious levels for years, but FIFA has not
had a willingness within its leadership
to bring about change.
The investigations and arrests of
last year may not have delivered palat-
able headlines, but they have made
change inevitable. This change will be
led by FIFA s Congress and involve
openness and consensus.
Then, FIFA will be able to get back
to the business of football without
news stories about arrests and indict-
The ignominy of it is that, amid
the allegations of multimillion-dollar
corruption at FIFA, so many member
nations continue to struggle to fund
their footballing aspirations. Beckham
visited some of them in filming his
He singled out little Noah after his
game in Papua New Guinea s Kur Kur
The six-year-old had come on as
a "super sub". He right-footed the
winning goal from the penalty spot in
a fitting and friendly end to the match.
There are millions of youngsters,
just like Noah, whose lives can be
enriched by football.
My dream is that FIFA will be there
to help each and every one of them.
MADRID---Neymar appeared before a
judge yesterday to testify in an investiga-
tion into alleged irregularities regarding his
transfer to Barcelona.
The Brazilian striker was in court for
more than an hour and a half and left with-
out giving details about his testimony.
Before being escorted away, he signed
autographs and attended to a few fans
who waited for him outside the National
Court in central Madrid.
Neymar's father, who acts as his agent,
was still being questioned by judge Jose
de la Mata.
Current Barcelona president Josep Bar-
tomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell de-
nied any wrongdoing when they testified
The court is looking into a complaint
made by a Brazilian investment group
which claims it was financially harmed
when Barcelona and Neymar allegedly
withheld the real amount of the player's
transfer fee from Brazilian club Santos in
Investment group DIS was entitled to
40 per cent of Neymar's transfer from
Santos, but claims it received a smaller
compensation than it should have because
part of the transfer fee was concealed.
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Neymar appears in court over Barcelona transfer
FIFA presidency---Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
Fifa can do much better
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, left, and the man who he is attempting to succeed,
T&T Olympic athlete
won the 200-metre
event in 20.78 seconds
at the John Thomas
Terrier Invitational at
Boston University, on
"I enjoy playing for
West Indies and it is
still my number one
West Indies T20 captain
DARREN SAMMY on
his committment to the
team despite not being
offered a retainer con-
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