Maradona enters race to be Fifa's president
ARGENTINIAN football great Diego Maradona has decided to stand as a candidate for the Fifa presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, Uruguayan journalist and author Victor Hugo Morales has said.
Maradona had spoken of his intention to do so when Morales called the former coach of the Argentina national team to check on the condition of his sick father on Sunday, the journalist said.
"He told me he was going to run for president of Fifa and authorised me to inform," Morales posted in Spanish on his Twitter feed.
" 'I am a candidate' were the...words Diego Maradona used to answer me when I consulted him about the nomination for the presidency of Fifa," he added in another tweet.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month suggested that Maradona should become the next Fifa president.
Maradona, 54, has long been a trenchant critic of Blatter and said last month that he was "enjoying" the corruption scandal that led the Swiss to announce he would stand down at an extraordinary congress of football's world-governing body.
Like Brazilian Zico, another great former player who has announced his candidacy, Maradona might struggle to get the support of federations from five countries, as required under Fifa statutes.
The Liberia Football Association's chairman, Musa Bility, is another candidate announced so far for a ballot likely to take place later this year or early next year.
Morales is famous in Latin America for his passionate commentary on Maradona's wonder goal against England at the 1986 World Cup. Maradona led Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in that tournament.
The pair hosted a TV show together for Venezuelan station Telesur during last year's World Cup in Brazil.