Diego Maradona has vowed to clean up FIFA if appointed vice-president under a new regime led by Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.
The Argentine football icon believes he has a chance of a place on FIFA’s executive committee if the Jordanian prince succeeds the disgraced Sepp Blatter.
Prince Ali, whom Maradona wanted to win the presidency, gained 73 votes in the recent FIFA election but it was still well short of the 133 gained by incumbent Blatter.
However, amid a storm of corruption allegations and the launch of two investigations into FIFA practices, Blatter stepped down from the job four days after the election.
A re-run of the election will be held later in the year and Maradona is confident of gaining a place within the FIFA hierarchy and making a difference.
He told Show del Futbol: ‘I can be the FIFA vice-president if Prince Ali wins. If I do, I’ll clean everybody.
‘Prince Ali and I got 73 votes, which has not happened at FIFA for many years.’
Commenting on Blatter’s departure, Maradona, who lifted the World Cup for Argentina in 1986, said: ‘I think Blatter was scared that the FBI and Swiss police would come and arrest him at FIFA headquarters.’
Maradona’s words came as it emerged the $10m payment at the centre of an FBI-led investigation into FIFA corruption was paid into the bank account of Jack Warner on the instruction of football’s governing body.
A leaked letter shows secretary general Jerome Valcke telling the South African government in September 2007 that FIFA wanted the cash to be given by the 2010 World Cup hosts to Caribbean football as part of a legacy programme.
Less than six months later, after a request from the South African FA, FIFA authorised the money to go from its bank account to Warner and be ‘adminstered and implemented directly’ by him.
Warner, a politician in his native Trindad and Tobago, faces extradition to the United States on corruption charges.
His former deputy, Chuck Blazer, has pleaded guilty in a US court to taking part of the $10m bribe in order to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 finals.


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