Former Manchester United Defender Rio Ferdinand In Running To Become UK’s FIFA Vice-President

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The QPR centre back is on the FA’s shortlist for the role.

Former England international Rio Ferdinand is a shock candidate on the FA’s shortlist to become Britain’s vice-president at FIFA, the Daily Mirror reports.

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The ex-Manchester United defender is one of a number of candidates that the FA are considering at the moment, including other former England internationals Graeme Le Saux and David James.

Ferdinand is under consideration despite still playing for Premier League side QPR, so it is unknown how his potential role at FIFA would affect his playing career.

If he is successful, Ferdinand will stand for election next March and will go up against candidates chosen from Scotland and Wales, most likely SFA president Campbell Ogilivie and Welsh FA president Trefor Lloyd Hughes.

UEFA member countries will then vote on who should take up the position and replace Northern Ireland’s Jim Boyce, who stands down in June.

While Ferdinand would be in a good position to receive the nomination due to his reputation and long playing career, the Welsh FA believe it is their turn to have the position as they haven’t held it before.

There is rumoured to be a gentleman’s agreement between the home nations that they would all vote for the Welsh candidate this time but with all UEFA members getting a vote, that is now unlikely to happen.

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