Meet the man vowing to 'change FIFA' in one term as president

Written By Matthew Rogerson
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Former vice president Chung Mong-joon says he will stand for the FIFA presidency in 2016, making clear his intention is to change football's governing body in four years.

"Today, FIFA is undergoing a profound crisis," the South Korean said at a news conference in Paris on Monday. "Under these circumstances, the FIFA president must be a crisis manager and a reformer. FIFA needs a leader who can bring back common sense, transparency and accountability. For any successful organization to be free of corruption, it needs periodic change of leadership."

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Elections to replace embattled outgoing president Sepp Blatter will take place in February after Blatter confirmed his intention to step down in June following the damaging corruption scandal that has engulfed the organization.

Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as the crisis unfolded but later confirmed a new president would be elected at an extraordinary congress in February.

Others who have said they intend to run for the vacated presidency: UEFA president Michel Platini, fellow former soccer icon Zico and Liberia FA chairman Musa Bility.

Chung appeared to voice the thoughts of many in Monday's announcement in the context of Blatter's abdication: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely, organizations begin to corrupt when the leader thinks he is indispensable. If I'm elected I will serve one term of four years. I can change FIFA in four years, this is my pledge to all football fans in the world."

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