Chung Mong-joon to Run for FIFA Presidency

      July 22, 2015 12:11

      Chung Mong-joon

      Chung Mong-joon is to run for the presidency of the scandal-ridden football body when disgraced incumbent Sepp Blatter finally quits.

      Blatter is bowing out amid allegations that he presided for decades over a regime of rampant corruption in football's world governing body.

      In a telephone interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Tuesday, Chung said, "I'm getting ready to run for the FIFA presidency in the next election. I will make the final decision within a month."

      Blatter resigned on June 3, just five days after he won the election for a fifth term due to mounting global pressure.

      The U.S. and Swiss authorities uncovered massive corruption and fraud in a sweeping investigation of FIFA that implicated many top officials close to Blatter, but he remains in office until the new election on Feb. 26, 2016.

      Chung, who is also honorary president of the Korea Football Association, has criticized Blatter's interminable reign for bringing corruption to FIFA and called for a new era.

      FIFA accepts applications from prospective candidates until Oct. 26.

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