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Figo Withdraws From FIFA Presidency Election

Former Real Madrid midfielder, Luis Figo, has withdrawn from the race for FIFA Presidency.

Read: Figo: Blatter Doesn’t Own Africa

The withdrawal comes after Dutch Federation Chief, Michael van Praag, pulled out of the race on Thursday morning.

This means current President, Sepp Blatter, will contest the presidency against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein next week, where 209 federations will be involved.

"I have witnessed consecutive incidents, all over the world, that should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic," the former Portuguese midfielder said in a statement.

"I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ. Nobody told me about this. I saw it with my own eyes.

"The candidates were prevented from addressing federations at congresses while one of the candidates always gave speeches on his own from the rostrum. There has not been a single public debate about each candidate's proposals.

"Does anyone think it's normal that an election for one of the most relevant organisations on the planet can go ahead without a public debate?

"Does anyone think it's normal that one of the candidates doesn't even bother to present an election manifesto that can be voted on May 29?

"Shouldn't it be mandatory to present such a manifesto so that federation presidents know what they're voting for?

"That would be normal, but this electoral process is anything but an election. This process is a plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man - something I refuse to go along with.

"That is why, after a personal reflection and sharing views with two other candidates in this process, I believe that what is going to happen on May 29 in Zurich is not a normal electoral act. And because it is not, don't count on me.

"I do not fear the ballot box, but I will not go along with nor will I give my consent to a process which will end on May 29 and from which soccer will not emerge the winner."

Read: Figo Wants To Restructure The World Cup

 

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