I’m delighted to announce my candidacy for the FIFA Presidency. Football has given me so much during my life & I want to give something back
— Luís Figo (@LuisFigo) January 28, 2015
I like this right here. I like the for a lot of reasons.
It seems like more and more people are willing to step up and challenge Sepp Blatter. That’s a good thing. At the very least, there should be options. Whether or not people end up voting for change, that is an entirely different story. But there should, at the very least, be some options on the FIFA ballot. On any ballot!
Luis Figo clearly cares about the sport. He seems like he genuinely wants to give back to the sport that has clearly given him so much. Just look at some of his quotes from this CNN interview:
“I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA — not only now but in the past years — I don’t like it.”
“If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal — not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.”
-It sure does, Luis.
“I’ve been talking with so many important people in football — players, managers, president of federations — and they all think that something has to be done.
“Last year was the World Cup, I was in Brazil and I saw the reaction of all the fans regarding the image of FIFA and I think something has to be changed.
“Change in leadership, governance, transparency and solidarity, so I think it’s the moment for that.”
Figo has served on the UEFA Football Committee from 2011 to 2015 so he’s go that experience. I’m sure he would have the support of plenty of people in various capacities in the game. And he sounds like he really cares about the problems that are taking place and the way that FIFA is tarnishing the image of the sport around the world.
And then there was this from Figo about the whole Michael Garcia report and FIFA refusing to publish it:
“After that report was not published I think that was the moment of change and the moment I thought that something had to be done,” Figo explained.
“If you are transparent and if you ask for an investigation, a report, which you have nothing to hide, why don’t you make public that report? If you have nothing to hide about that, you have to do it.
“[Publishing the report] is the easy thing to do if all the people is doubting what happened. If it came from FIFA to order that report and after that you don’t publish, it is not a good decision.”
Beating out Sepp in the election might prove to be a monumental task. But I’m happy to see Figo and a few others putting their name on the ballot. It needs to be done. Seems like some change there is long overdue.
Check the full interview over at CNN.