Former FIFA rival Prince Ali: Blatter must leave now

FIFA presidential candidate, Jordan's Prince Ali, who is an outgoing FIFA vice president, attends the opening of the Soccerex Asian Forum, in Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Sunday, May 3, 2015. (AP)

Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says Sepp Blatter must leave now as head of the sport's governing body.

Prince Ali says the scandal-scarred FIFA needs an interim leader from outside soccer to oversee the next election and modernizing reforms.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Prince Ali says "President Blatter's resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now."

The Jordanian prince urges the FIFA executive committee, which meets later Monday, not to rush world football into an early election date, saying "No date before March 2016 can be justified."

Prince Ali gave no indication in his statement of running again for the FIFA presidency.

He lost 133-73 to Blatter in a May vote of FIFA member associations.

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