The scene at FIFA has all the makings of a pre-Arab Spring narrative: an aging, long-term leader who seeks to keep power amid protests against his rule, alleged corruption, a crippled and divided judiciary, and an apparently emboldened senior-level opposition.
Blatter gestures during during a press conference. (File photo AP)
With the expected backing of European body UEFA, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s hopes of becoming the first Asian president of FIFA. (File photo courtesy of Getty)
FIFA President Joseph Blatter is interviewed by Brazilian actress Fernanda Lima, right, during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup, Brazil, 2013. (AP)
Jerome Champagne announces his intention to stand for FIFA president in 2015, in London Monday, Jan 20 2014. (AP)