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Ex-FIFA VP Chung Mong-joon to visit Berlin to meet football officials

2015/06/05 09:34

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- Chung Mong-joon, a former FIFA vice president who is mulling his candidacy for the top football job, said Friday he will travel to Berlin to discuss the scandal-marred organization's future with the sport's international leaders.

In a statement released on his website, Chung said he will meet Michel Platini, head of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), among other football officials in Berlin. The German capital will host the final of the UEFA Champions League between Juventus and FC Barcelona on Saturday.

Chung, honorary chairman of the Korea Football Association (KFA), served as FIFA's No. 2 man from 1994 to 2011.

On Wednesday, Chung said at a press conference that he will "carefully consider" running for FIFA president after speaking with fellow football officials.

Sepp Blatter, the embattled FIFA president recently elected to his fifth term, announced he will resign from the post, after several officials were arrested as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption allegations.

FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee said an election will be held sometime between December 2015 and March 2016. Blatter plans to remain in his post until that election.

Chung, a vocal critic of Blatter, has called on the beleaguered president to leave FIFA immediately.

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