First order of business

April 2, 2011 - 0:0

Mohamed Bin Hammam, the current president of the Asian Football Confederation, will announce his candidacy for the FIFA presidency before today’s deadline.

Bin Hammam’s first call will be to prevent FIFA funds and resources being used to aid any candidates for the campaign and will urge officials, including general secretary Jerome Valcke, to be impartial by not supporting Sepp Blatter in his lobbying to remain president, according to the Guardian.
Blatter has already taken steps to ensure his re-election on June 1 by flying to Asia to promote development in smaller nations such as Laos, but further trips funded by FIFA will be considered a breach of code if no formal business takes place.
FIFA's being governed by Swiss law would allow billionaire Bin Hammam to consult the police concerning any misconduct in Blatter’s campaign, and with the head of Asia also being backed by FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon, a multi-billionaire who is set to end his role on June 1, Blatter’s budget will seem meagre.
Considering that Blatter was elected president 13 years ago with support from Bin Hammam, the Qatari would appear to be the front-runner and hopes to gain further momentum in the form of Michel Platini.
“I am not going to lie to and say that I am not going to talk to Michel about possible co-operation in the future; this has to be put frankly. I'm not telling you I am not going to do it, but let's wait and see,"" Hammam was quoted as saying in the Guardian report.
The AFC president also plans to hold a meeting with CONCACAF president Jack Warner, who will hold a vast influence in the voting process.
Meanwhile FIFA and Blatter have refused to comment on the situation.
""The FIFA president confirms his candidature and does not wish to comment any further at this time. Any potential further information will be communicated after the closure of the candidate nomination procedure. That process closes today.""
Bin Hammam announced his decision to stand earlier this month but has until the end of today to formally enter the race for presidency.
(Source: Goal)