Former Ballon d’ Or winner, Luis Figo has launched his campaign to become the next FIFA president in elections scheduled for May 2015.
He released his manifesto at a news conference in Wembley on Thursday, saying that “It is time for me to give back to the world of football everything it gave me,” he said.
His priorities, he said, was to restore the image of FIFA.
Among the proposals in his manifesto is to cancel the $1.5bn financial reserves being maintained by FIFA saying that FIFA “does not need” it. He promised immediately return $1bn to FIFA’s member associations if elected. “That is their money, not Fifa’s money, he said.”
He also proposed a 48-nation world cup tournament as against the current 32, saying that the new entrants would be taken outside Europe.
On the pitch reforms would include, stopping the “triple punishment rule”, where goalkeepers are sent off, suspended and a penalty awarded, the testing of sin bins, and the old definition of offside returned.
Figo is one of three candidates challenging Sepp Blatter. The others are Jordanian Prince Ali Hussein and Michael Van Praag, the head of the Dutch Football Federation.
FIFA already has the backing of Jose Mourinho and former Madrid team mate, David Beckham.