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FIFA candidate Ali urges football to help fight extremism

November 17, 2015

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein wants football leaders to help him find ideas to fight extremism and terrorism.

Prince Ali asks FIFA member federations “to join me in starting a serious dialogue within our football family to achieve that goal.”

The Jordan federation president writes they can lead by “engaging our youth through football and sports” where “healthy competition and lifestyle can give them hope for a better future.”

Prince Ali praises fans “who defy the terrorists with their love of the game and life.”

Deadly attacks in Paris last Friday included suicide bombings outside the stadium as France played Germany.

Prince Ali says he lost friends 10 years ago when suicide bombers struck three hotels in Amman.

He is among five candidates in the Feb. 26 election.

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