Chico State grad a favorite to be next FIFA president

Jun 2, 2015 5:21 PM by News Staff, Photo: Chico State Athletics

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is resigning as head of soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal, and a Chico State alumnus is emerging as his possible successor.

Reports by CBS Sports and ESPN list Chico State graduate and City of Chico Hall of Fame member Ted Howard as one of the seven possible replacements for Blatter.

Ted Howard is a former Chico State soccer player and coach. According to CBS Sports, he has served as the executive director of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the U.S. and has also worked as an NBA director. In 2012 he was appointed deputy general secretary of CONCACAF, soccer's governing body in North and Central America.

The other favorites according to ESPN, are Michael Platini, of France; Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, of Jordan; Luis Figo, of Portugal; Senes Erzik, of Turkey; Issa Hayatou, of Cameroon and Greg Dyke, of the United Kingdom.

Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March.


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