FIFA Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer says he hopes a compromise can be reached between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam, his likely challenger at the 2011 presidential election.
Speaking in Abu Dhabi where he was attending the Laureus World Sports Awards, Beckenbauer said that it would be “very difficult” for Hammam to oust Blatter.
“It’s a kind of a fight. I think it’s very difficult to beat the president, Sepp Blatter. If it comes to a fight between him and Hammam, I don’t know,” Beckenbauer was quoted by Arabian Business.
“I mean, to have a FIFA president come from Asia, it would [make] history.”
Beckenbauer said that he was still to decide who to vote for, adding: “Maybe the two of them will find a compromise. I hope so.”
Hammam last month said that “the time had come” to put forward an Asian candidate to run FIFA, but stopped short of putting himself forward for the role.