London: Jerome Champagne has confirmed that he is planning to challenge reigning FIFA boss Sepp Blatter for the world governing body's presidency.
Blatter announced that he intends to seek a fifth term in charge last week. Former diplomat Champagne worked for FIFA for 11 years as an executive before leaving in 2010.
Champagne wrote on his website that he has just written to the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committeeand its president, Domenico Scala, to confirm his intention to run for FIFA president, The BBC reported.
The Frenchman added that they have to take clear and informed decisions on whether they want to continue with the current economic polarization, and the sporting imbalances it brings in its wake, or be willing to rebalance the game in their globalized 21st century.
Champagne also stated that the next 10 years will be crucial for football and very particularly for FIFA, which is at a crossroads and in need of sweeping changes that must take it further than what has been accomplished to date.
Champagne needs the backing of five FIFA member Football Associations but does not have to disclose who they are until official declarations are made in January.
The election will take place at the FIFA congress in June next year, the report added.