Someone who won’t be running against Blatter …
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, ex head of Chile’s FA who led FIFA’s inspection of 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids, explains why he isn't standing …
“I would like to show my appreciation for everyone in Chile and abroad who voluntarily offered to work on the campaign.
Many of them made big contributions with great ideas and useful suggestions.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in one way or another, in the street, in blogs, via messages etc. I want to have another look at a tweet I received yesterday night: Often, or most of the time, I do not share the views of @MayneNicholls but I believe that FIFA need his decency. It was written by Enrique Gaete in Valparaíso, a person who I do not know.
During this period I created a working program whose main ideas are as follows:
1. The President of FIFA can only be re-elected once.
2. Larger number of roles for women.
3. Publish pay, salaries, allowances and any type of bonuses for anybody involved in FIFA. This also includes companies and services.
4. Try to attain maximum fair play on the pitch. Continue with research relating to the use of technology; measure the abilities of referees by their performances and not by their age and a blue card to calm impulsive and heated behaviour.
5. Analyse the possibility of having a World Cup with 36 teams.
6. Keep fighting against discrimination and highlight the elimination of violence from stadiums.
7. Improve the relationship between FIFA and the Confederations. Both should work together for the good of football.
8. Involve sponsors in countries that have not managed to qualify for an international tournament in the last 10 years.
9. Closer links between the FIFA authorities and the fans and wider public in general.
10. Transparency + dialogue + participation + democracy = 21st Century Football
11. Finally, as a mission statement: recover the credibility of fans in FIFA.
All of the above was based around conversations that took place with the authorities of 3 Confederations and 20 Federations.
I had the honour of presenting these ideas in the European Parliament a week ago.
The above should take place within the framework of real independence, in every sense of the word.
This began with the Champions League final in 2013 between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
When I looked at the possibility of talking with the President of the Chilean Football Federation, through a third party…it became public.
Until the end of 2014, there were no other candidates apart from Blatter and Champagne. However, in December, when I travelled through Europe, I felt that it was a complicated time. That is why I delayed my final decision.
Today, there are two more candidates. Both are people with whom I share ideals, principles, values and ideas.
Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan is a member of FIFA’s Executive Committee and President of the Football Federation in his country.
Michael Von Pragg, is a member of UEFA’s Executive Committee and President of the Dutch Football Federation.
In light of the emergence of these candidates, I remembered a phrase by Luis Alamos: “In our country we are accustomed to subtract and divide; I want to add and multiply”.
Because of this, upon analysing the situation I can see that that my position looks rather weak, faced with these two powerful candidates.
Consequently, I have shared my ideas with them and offered them all of my collaboration should they require it.
As such, I have decided not to pursue the nomination for FIFA Presidency for the 2015 to 2019 period.
I believe that I have made an important effort to contribute to the debate. I have put tasks on the table and have witnessed how others have assumed responsibility for these tasks.
I think I have made a real contribution towards making FIFA more democratic, as is required by the world we now live in.
I would like to once again thank everybody who has supported me over the course of this initiative, especially my family who always agreed to go ahead with this pre-candidacy stage based primarily on the affection and passion that I feel for football.”