Chung Mong-Joon has released an announcement declaring that he will be running for the newly opened position for president of FIFA. His main goal behind his platform is to try and regulate and clear the corruption that is currently involved with FIFA, which has been well known for years. The football governing body has been under ongoing investigation by the FBI as a result of a corruption scheme that was unveiled which was going to be used in a 24-year plan to make 14 FIFA members rich. This was being done through wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering.
The run for FIFA presidency comes as a result of Sepp Blatter stepping down. After 17 years as the president of the FIFA organization, he has decided to give up his position due to the mounting pressure by both Swiss and American federal investigations that are being caused by the known corruption of the organization.
Chung Mong-Joon quickly turned his attention towards his rival candidate Michel Platini. Chung Mong-Joon claims that Platini is too close to Blatter to be running for the position, and would be a risky vote that could lead to further corruption. Platini was described as a good friend and an even better player of the sport, but lacks in seriousness with the corruption of the organization. Platini has yet to give a statement about the conference.
Platini is friends with Blatter, yet he has been asking him to step down from his position for quite some time. This began back when allegations of corruption first began to surface back in May. Until now, Blatter has remained in position as president despite multiple requests to step down, but announced that he was finally giving in on June 2nd. Blatter was even re-elected to serve another four year term just days before announcing that he would be stepping down.
Chung Mong-Joon pointed out that Platini has been an executive member of FIFA since 2002 and didn't work hard enough to sort out the corruption. Chung believes this was due to a lack of care Platini had for the corruption that was going on behind closed doors. Chung Mong-Joon stated that he believed the real reason that corruption was going on in FIFA is that the same people have been running the organization for over 40 years, and it's time that someone new steps in.
Surprisingly, Chung only wants to be FIFA's president for a single term of four years before stepping down himself. His only goal is to go in and clear out the ongoing corruption, and then leave the organization to someone more ambitious. He believes that he can clear out FIFA's corruption in just four years. He also noted his Asian origin and the lack of football in the region, showing that he could help spread football into eastern countries that don't pay much attention to the sport.
So far, Chung will have at least seven opponents in the election. Some of his opponent's will include figures such as former Brazilian football player Zico and Liberian chairman Musa Bility.