Prince Ali knocks ruling on funding


A FIFA decision to block funding for the scandal-hit North and South American regional soccer bodies was criticized by presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan for its timing and lack of transparency.

“Who decided to hold these votes to ransom less than three weeks before the election and who exactly will decide when the funding will be reinstated,” Prince Ali said Wednesday in a statement.

On Monday, FIFA confirmed that basic funding worth up to $20 million was stopped to CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, which combine for 45 of the 209 member federations that will vote in the presidential election on Feb. 26. The statement was unclear about who made the decision and when.

Six recent presidents of CONCACAF or CONMEBOL, plus other top officials, have been indicted on corruption charges in the United States.