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Dyke welcomes Ali call

ENGLISH Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has welcomed the decision by Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in May.

Prince Ali, a FIFA vice-president and head of the Jordanian FA, is the first credible challenger to emerge and his announcement has also been welcomed by UEFA president Michel Platini.

Dyke, who has previously called for Blatter not to run again, said: "Personally I welcome Prince Ali's decision to stand for the FIFA presidency. It is very important that there is a credible candidate standing against Mr Blatter and Prince Ali is certainly that."

Platini added: "I know Prince Ali well. He has all the credibility required to hold high office. We now await his proposals and his programme for the future of football."

The English FA board will make the decision about who to support once nominations close on January 31 but Prince Ali already has close ties with the organisation.