Blatter is elected? It must be a
 joke, says Ginola

David Ginola
David Ginola
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AS A former member of the Jordanian Special Forces, Prince Ali Bin al Hussein would appear to be ideally placed to deal with all the flak heading Fifa’s way in the near future.

The 39-year-old went head-to-head with incumbent Sepp Blatter in last night’s presidential vote.

In the wake of fresh corruption allegations emerging from separate inquiries by the US Department of Justice and the Swiss government, the organisation’s reputation is in tatters – but Prince Ali sees himself as the man to put things right.

After news broke on Wednesday of the arrests of football officials, he spoke of bringing leadership that “accepts responsibility for its actions and does not pass blame ... and restores confidence in the hundreds of millions of football fans around the world”.

He was born in 1975 to the late King Hussein and Queen Alia of the Jordanian royal family.

He spent time in England to join the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.