David Ginola to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa president role

Former French international footballer David Ginola. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

David Ginola is expected to announce that he wants to stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

The former France international, who also played for Tottenham and Newcastle, is set to make the announcement in London on Friday.

However, it is uncertain whether Ginola will be eligible to stand. He needs to have played an active role in football administration for two of the last five years and also needs to be publicly nominated by five national associations before January 29.

Ginola did campaign for England's unsuccessful bid for the 2018 World Cup in 2010, which attracted only two votes.

Sepp Blatter is seeking a fifth term as Fifa president . Credit: PA Wire

The eligibility rules to stand for the Fifa presidency state:

The candidate shall have played an active role in association football as a board member, committee member, referee and assistant referee, coach, trainer and any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in Fifa, a Confederation, Association, League or club or as a player) for two of the last five years before being proposed as a candidate.

Fifa's eligibility rules

Blatter is seeking a fifth term as president and will face opposition from Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein from Jordan, who is a Fifa vice-president.

French former Fifa executive Jerome Champagne has also declared his intention to stand, but he conceded this week it would be easier to secure 50 votes in the secret ballot in May than the five public nominations.