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Mino Raiola considering run for FIFA presidency

Dutchman Mino Raiola, agent to top footballers including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba, said Friday he was seriously considering challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Mino Raiola considering run for FIFA presidency

The Hague: Dutchman Mino Raiola, agent to top footballers including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba, said Friday he was seriously considering challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

"The thought of Blatter winning another term makes me sick," said Raiola, who is campaigning for "more democracy and transparency" within world football`s governing body.

Italian-born Raiola, 47, told the daily Het Volkskrant that he has already had meetings with the leaders of some twenty national federations.

As well as needing the support of five of these, candidates must have played an active role in football administration for two of the past five years.

Frenchman Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA official, and ex-French international David Ginola have also declared their interest in challenging Blatter along with Jordan`s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, a FIFA vice-president.

Potential candidates have until January 29 to put their names forward. The FIFA Congress with the election will be held in Zurich in May.

Blatter, 78, who has been at the top of FIFA since 1998, is widely expected to secure a fifth term in office.