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Diego Maradona to run for FIFA presidency

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Baku, June 22, AZERTAC

The Argentinean football legend Diego Armando Maradona confirmed Sunday that he will be running for FIFA's presidency. “Diego will be candidate for FIFA (presidency), with all the authority he has, he has been in the front line fighting from that world of (football) players...Diego has been a spearhead to talk about corruption inside FIFA, and corruption within the AFA (Argentine Football Association),” revealed Victor Hugo Morales, host of teleSUR's “De Chilena!” show. Maradona has been a longtime critic of FIFA and its policies. During the last World Cup, the former star denounced FIFA for charging $2 million dollars in transmission rights to Haiti, a country that is struggling to recover from devastating earthquake in 2010. FIFA has been mired in scandal since seven of its officials were arrested when Swiss police swooped into a luxury hotel in Zurich ahead of the congress. The officials are set to be extradited to the United States, where they are suspected of receiving close to US$150 million in bribes. Last week, Swiss officials also said they were investigating 53 new suspected cases of money laundering linked to FIFA.

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