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Blatter Resigns: FIFA President Odds

The search is on for a new permanent president of FIFA following the resignation of Sepp Blatter, and online sportsbook Bovada has posted odds on who will end up with the job.

Blatter resigned as the president of FIFA after getting re-elected for a fifth term, with a massive corruption scandal involving 14 individuals – seven of whom were arrested in Zurich last week – putting a target on his back.

The United States Justice Department indicted nine soccer officials and five sports marketing executives, who are being charged with wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering under Blatter’s watch.

Among those being considered for the next permanent president of FIFA are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Michel Platini, who are at 11/10 and 2/1 odds at  Bovada to win the election that will be held sometime between late 2015 and early 2016. Prince Ali has been the vice president of FIFA for Asia since 2011 and lost the most recent election for president.

Platini is the current president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and considered one of the greatest soccer players of all-time. The former French midfielder was chosen for the FIFA World Cup Dream Team and finished sixth in voting for FIFA Player of the Century, which is shared by joint winners Pele and Diego Maradona.

To Be Elected Next President of FIFA
  • Prince Ali bin al-Hussein 11/10
  • Michel Platini 2/1
  • Sheik Ahmad Al-Sabah 9/2
  • Luis Figo 10/1
  • David Gill 12/1
  • Michael van Praag 14/1
  • Zico 18/1
  • Jerome Champagne 25/1
  • Senes Erzik 25/1
  • Issa Hayatou 25/1
  • Ted Howard 33/1
  • Greg Dyke 50/1
  • David Ginola 50/1
Odds as of June 22 at Bovada