Next FIFA President Odds? Sepp Blatter’s resignation has sent the markets into overdrive with Michel Platini the leading candidate with online sportsbook Bodog writes Nick Gray.
The 79-year-old Swiss announced that he will step down as FIFA Preisident in a hastily arranged press conference on Thursday evening. His decision has left the world’s media shocked and surprised as Blatter was re-elected only last week.
But the man some have referred to as a “dictator” had come under severe pressure to resign after seven top FIFA officials were arrested two days before the vote as part of a US prosecution.
Blatter had been in the role for 17 years much to the despair of football fans across the world.
Said Blatter as he announced that he will step down: “My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody. The next ordinary Fifa congress will take place on 13 May, 2016 in Mexico City.
“This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the executive committee to organise an extraordinary congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity.
“This will need to be done in line with FIFA’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign.”
Blatter beat off the challenge of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein to earn a fifth term as FIFA president but the Jordanian is now the joint favourite alongside Michel Platini at 2.50 odds with online sportsbook Bodog to be elected to the role.
Bodog are also betting on whether the 2022 Qatar World Cup will actually now take place in the Arabian Peninsula. United States prosecutors have charged football officials with money laundering and racketeering and there have been allegations of corruption when it came to the bidding process for Qatar 2022.
It’s now just a shade off odds-on that the 2022 World Cup goes ahead there according to Bodog’s odds compilers. FC Bodog carried a story 12 months ago that Qatar might lose the World Cup.
FIFA has admitted it paid 10million USD destined for the South Africa World Cup to an account controlled by disgraced former vice-president Jack Warner.
Added Blatter: “I have thoroughly considered and thought about my presidency and the last 40 years in my life. These years were closely related to FIFA and the wonderful sport of football. I appreciate and love FIFA more than anything else.
“I only want to do the best for FIFA and my institution. I decided to stand again as the best option for football. The elections are closed but the challenges we face haven’t come to an end.”
Next FIFA President Odds – To Be Elected Next Permanent President
Prince Ali Al-Hussein 2.50, Michel Platini 2.50, Luis Figo 7.00, Michael van Praag 17.00, Senes Erzik 13.00, Ted Howard 13.00, Issa Hayatou 15.00, Jerome Champagne 51.00, David Ginola 34.00, Greg Dyke 101.00
FIFA Special – Will the 2022 World Cup Take Place in Qatar? Yes -150, No +115.