Raiola pulls out of race for Fifa presidency

Published January 27th, 2015 - 03:12 GMT

Mino Raiola has decided to pull out of the race for the Fifa presidency after Dutch FA (KNVB) chief Michael Van Praag announced on Monday that he will challenge Sepp Blatter for the position.

The controversial agent - who represents the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - announced his candidacy last week, claiming world football's governing body is in desperate need of a change of leadership.

However, Raiola has now conceded that Van Praag is the better candidate and has offered the Dutchman his support.

"Running for the Fifa presidency was not about me, but about having a good candidate to challenge Blatter. We have a good candidate now," Raiola told NOS.

"Van Praag is someone with a better network, with more patience and who is a bit more of a natural when it comes to politics.

"I'm happy to make way for someone like him."

Raiola's withdrawal means Blatter now faces competition from four candidates, with Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Van Praag and David Ginola all looking to dethrone the 78-year-old Swiss.

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