David Ginola’s Bid To Replace Sepp Blatter May Break FIFA Gambling Rules

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The former Tottenham and Newcastle winger’s campaign is being sponsored by Paddy Power.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United winger David Ginola, who has launched a campaign to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president that is backed by bookmaker Paddy Power, could see his hopes over before they have begun as, ironically enough, the Frenchman’s bid could be in contravention of FIFA’s ethics code.

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One of the cornerstones of Ginola’s campaign has been a pledge to bring increased transparency to an organisation beset by corruption allegations over the last couple of years – but it looks as though ethics rule on gambling are going to scupper a campaign that is yet to really get off the ground.

Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker who have made their name through controversial stunts, are paying Ginola £250,000 to run for the position that has been held by Blatter for more than a decade, a deal that is likely to mean that the campaign is in contravention of the code, ending Ginola’s hopes of dethroning Blatter, according to reports from Sky Sports.

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