Maradona backs Prince Ali for FIFA president, slams Sepp Blatter

Diego Maradona is backing FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali over Sepp Blatter.

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Diego Maradona has thrown his support behind FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein rather than incumbent Sepp Blatter by insisting that he refuses to be an "advocate for corruption."

The Argentina legend traveled to Vienna to meet with the Jordanian candidate, who is also facing competition in the election from Portugal’s Luis Figo and Netherlands’ Michael van Praag.

Maradona held a meeting with his girlfriend, Rocio Oliva, his lawyers, Prince Ali and the Fifa vice-president’s cousin and came away convinced that the Jordanian deserves to win the May 29 vote.

"I want to offer him my support to help change Fifa once and for all," Maradona told Ole. "I have seen for myself how the prince has helped to grow the sport’s support in the region.

"I have said a thousand times that I am not an advocate for corruption. I want to help change football for the better."

Maradona is set to travel the world in the coming two months leading Prince Ali’s campaign to oust Blatter – who is aiming for his fifth term in the position.

Blatter’s popularity has taken a hit in recent years due to scandals surrounding the awarding of World Cup finals to Russia and Qatar, along with a subsequent lack of transparency in Fifa investigations over alleged bribes.

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