Having announced his intention to challenge Sepp Blatter and co. for the FIFA presidency when elections are held in May former Tottenham and Newcastle David Ginola has made a stuttering start to his campaign, the Guardian
The Frenchman officially confirmed his intentions to run in this year’s election and it is now up to “Team Ginola” to raise a required £2.3m to help fund his campaign, whilst also being able to prove by the 29th of January he has held an active role within football for at least two of the last five years.
The former pro will also have to gain the support of at least five national football associations if he is to get anywhere with his bid.
So far it is a bleak outlook for Ginola who has managed to raise just £5,506 of their estimated £2.3m.
Bookmakers PaddyPower have backed him with £250,000 but this seems to be backfiring on the Frenchman with many in the media claiming this backing does not represent a change in the wings at FIFA should he win – but in fact the echoes of yet another organisation run with a lack of transparency and perceived as sleazy.
To make matters worse only three businesses so far have paid the small fee of £1,000 to become an official sponsor for the bid – meaning the remaining £1,506 has come from the public, a mere reported 118 people.
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