US to vote for Ali in FIFA election
NEW YORK (AP) - The United States says it will vote for Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president today and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter.
"I've got to know Prince Ali well over the last couple of years. He has been a really active member of the executive committee and an active proponent of reform at FIFA," U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said during a telephone conference call early today from FIFA's meetings in Zurich.
"If you get good governance and good leadership, you make good decisions, and those good decisions will lead to the right outcomes," Gulati said, "whether it's where World Cups are played or how many teams are in World Cups or anything else. So for us, this is a vote for good governance."
Gulati, a member of FIFA's executive committee, said Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani told him Canada will vote for Ali.
Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy announced he planned to vote for Ali, and Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations, estimated at least 45 UEFA members may vote for Ali.
FIFA has 209 member federations that will cast secret written ballots. A two-thirds majority is needed for election on the first ballot and a simple majority on succeeding ballots.