South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon has announced his candidacy for the Fifa presidency by launching a fierce attack at Sepp Blatter, comparing him to a “cannibal” and insisting that Michel Platini is merely his “protege”.
An election will be held at an Extraordinary Congress on February 26 to decide Blatter’s successor after he announced earlier this year he will step down as president of football’s world governing body.
Uefa president Platini announced on Wednesday that he will run for presidency and Mong-joon has now also announced his candidacy, stressing the Frenchman is not the right man for the job because he will not make the necessary changes to the organisation.
“It will be very difficult for Mr Platini to have any meaningful reforms,” the South Korean told the BBC.
“Mr Platini enjoys institutional support from the current structure of Fifa. Platini is good for football, but whether he can be a good Fifa president? I don’t think so. He is a product of the current Fifa system.
“There are several questions we can have whether Platini can symbolise a new era for Fifa or whether he is simply a protege of Blatter.
“Blatter is like a cannibal eating his parents and then crying he’s an orphan. He tries to blame everybody except himself.”
Mong-joon, a former Fifa vice president, has pledged to make big changes to the governing body, insisting transparency and the elimination of corruption are key.
“If I get elected, my job is not to enjoy the luxury of the office. My job is to change it,” he said.
“I’ll try to have more transparency and development. I’ll try to eliminate corruption.”
The 61-year-old is an honorary president of Fifa and the former president of the South Korean Football Association.