Maradona says FIFA election a chance to get rid of Blatter

Argentina's former soccer player Diego Maradona smiles during a news conference for a "pro-peace" soccer match in Bogota. (Reuters)

Argentinian football star Diego Maradona slammed FIFA president saying the upcoming election offers “many chances of kicking [Sepp] Blatter in the backside.”

"There's no need to do what Blatter does. To believe you're the most powerful in football when you've never even kicked a ball,” Maradona said during an interview in Colombia.

"So I'm going to guide the prince. I think we have many chances of kicking Blatter in the backside. No doubt,” he added.

During the interview, Maradona also said that Blatter had “done a lot of damage” to the game.

Maradona, who has had a long-running feud with Blatter, stressed his support for FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Despite his unpopularity, Blatter is set to win a fifth term in office, but faces competition from Portuguese legend Luis Figo and Dutch football association chairman Michael van Praag.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45