Prince al-Hus­sein trum­pets clean record, so far

SundayXtra - - SOCCER - By Rob Harris

ZURICH — A day af­ter UEFA Pres­i­dent Michel Pla­tini was ques­tioned by Swiss author­i­ties over a FIFA pay­ment, pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ri­val Prince Ali bin al-Hus­sein touted him­self as the safe choice to rid the gov­ern­ing body of cor­rup­tion.

In a state­ment Satur­day, the prince said na­tional fed­er­a­tions should not be “wor­ry­ing about the next scan­dal or crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing FIFA lead­er­ship.”

The Jor­da­nian prince is Pla­tini’s main ri­val in a Fe­bru­ary elec­tion to re­place Sepp Blat­ter, who be­came a for­mal sub­ject of a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into soc­cer cor­rup­tion on Fri­day.

Blat­ter was ques­tioned over a 2011 pay­ment of 2 mil­lion Swiss francs (about US$2 mil­lion) to Pla­tini for work car­ried out at least nine years ear­lier.

Pla­tini, who was ques­tioned as a wit­ness, de­nies wrong­do­ing.

—The As­so­ci­ated Press

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