I have to fight the mafia’ – Maradona vows to challenge Fifa

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The Argentina icon claims he has the support of a number of players should he launch a campaign to become Sepp Blatter’s successor

Diego Maradona has vowed to fight the “mafia” which remains within Fifa as talk grows of his potential bid to become the next president.

The iconic former Argentina forward claims he has the support of a number of players should he choose to challenge to succeed Sepp Blatter.

“There are players who support me. I have to fight with people who have long been stealing from Fifa,” he told Canal America.

“I’m going for Fifa. Really. I have to fight the mafia. I have to fight the mafia that is still within Fifa.

“I say to all Argentines that I’m strong, that I will not fail, that I am very tough and have plenty of backbone.”

Uefa president Michel Platini and South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon have already announced their candidacies to take charge of Fifa.

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