Luis Figo has dropped his bid to become FIFA’s next president … and he did so with an epic statement blasting the electoral process and current president Sepp Blatter.
At the beginning, the 42-year old former Portugal international looked set to challenge Blatter – who is seeking reelection for a fifth term of four years after promising in 2011 that he wouldn’t – in the May 29 elections, along with Netherlands’ Michael Van Praag and Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein. But on Thursday, Van Praag pulled out, followed by Figo, leaving Prince Ali to challenge Blatter alone.
In a scathing statement (read it in full at Goal.com), Figo said, ‘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 [Blatter] 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,’ the statement continued. ‘This [election] process is a plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man – something I refuse to go along with. And because it is not, don’t count on me.’
Figo’s decision to quit has generated tons of reactions on social media, with one Twitter user remarking, ‘Sepp Blatter is the New Robert Mugabe.’