FIFA's newest VP says 'get rid of this politics'

By GRAHAM DUNBAR | June 2, 2011 | 12:28 PM EDT

Swiss FIFA President Joseph (Sepp) Blatter reacts during a press conference after the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Stung by ongoing criticism of the system to choose World Cup hosts, Blatter stripped the executive committee of its power on Wednesday and gave every federation a vote on future decisions. He offered the concession at the FIFA Congress ahead of his re-election among a series of reforms to make world football's governing body more transparent.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's newest vice president says soccer's governing body must abandon its culture of political intrigue after a series of corruption scandals.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan tells The Associated Press that the final four years of Sepp Blatter's presidency are "absolutely critical" for FIFA if it is to win back the faith of disillusioned fans. Prince Ali says FIFA should "just get rid of this politics."

He spoke after Blatter was re-elected unopposed, promising radical reforms to clean up the discredited organization.

Citing UEFA President Michel Platini as his mentor, Prince Ali wants FIFA to focus "on the game itself." He pledges to help Qatar host a "really outstanding" 2022 World Cup.