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Soccer-Ex-Blatter aide Champagne to stand for FIFA presidency

Reuters

LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Champagne declared his bid to succeed his ex-boss as FIFA president at a news conference on Monday.

Frenchman Champagne, 55, a former diplomat, worked at FIFA for 11 years between 1999 and 2010 and is a former deputy Secretary General of world soccer's governing body.

The presidential elections will take place in June 2015.

(Reporting by Mike Collett, editing by Mitch Phillips)

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