Jordan's Prince Ali Concedes Defeat to Sepp Blatter
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat to Sepp Blatter as the Swiss won re-election as FIFA President.
Prince Ali was gallant in defeat as he magnanimously withdraw from the second round of ballot after failing to win by two-thirds majority in the first round of voting.
Although incumbent president, Sepp Blatter, only garnered 133 votes to Prince Ali’s 73 votes of the 209 member-nations that cast their votes, the 79-year old was unable to win the absolute majority required to claim victory at the first round of voting.
It was at the second round of asking that the 39-year old Jordanian took to the podium, addressed the participants and conceded defeat to the elation of Blatter.
“It has been a wonderful journey in terms of knowing you and working with you, seeing the challenges you have, and I want to thank in particular those of you who were brave enough to support me.”
In conceding the election, Ali went on to state, “but having said that I will be withdrawing from the race. Thank you all very much and I wish you all the best of luck for the future.”
It was the Jordanian’s first attempt for the seat of the president of the global football governing body.
A pragmatist and reformist he is widely reckoned to be, Prince Ali has had a stellar career as a football administrator
serving in several capacity particularly on the auspices of the Asian Football Confederation.
He was before the election, Vice President of FIFA and a member of the Executive Committees of both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation as well as President of the Jordan Football Federation.
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