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David Ginola to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency - Reports

The former French international is being bankrolled by Paddy Power.

Could David Ginola be the man to replace Sepp Blatter?
Could David Ginola be the man to replace Sepp Blatter?
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FORMER FRANCE, SPURS and Newcastle player David Ginola has emerged as a surprise candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in a campaign backed by a bookmaker.

The Associated Press report that a leading PR firm – acting on behalf of Paddy Power – informed them that Ginola will launch his campaign in London on Friday.

In order to be considered eligible, Ginola must prove to Fifa he has played an active role in football for two of the last five years and have the support of five national associations before 29 January.

Three other people have already declared they will run with Fifa Vice President Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, former Fifa official Jerome Champagne and former Chilean football leader Harold Mayne-Nicholls all seeking to replace the long incumbent.

Blatter, however, remains favourite to retain his role.

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