Former Tottenham and Celtic man Ramon Vega talks up Fifa credentials

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The retired Swiss defender has stated that he has the necessary characteristics to run the sport’s governing body.

Former Tottenham and Celtic defender Ramon Vega has stated to The Guardian that he has the calibre to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa’s president.

The sport’s governing body has been blighted by continual controversies and a host of leading executives are being investigated on criminal charges.

With Blatter set to step down from his role as the organisation’s chief, Uefa equivalent Michel Platini is being touted as a potential successor, but he himself is also the subject of investigations currently.

Vega, who stepped out for both Tottenham and Celtic as well as Watford during his playing days, has stated that Platini is not the man to step into the breach.

“The block that has been happening through the Platini scenario has not allowed a debate to develop,” he told The Guardian.

“He needs to stand back, put his hands up and concentrate on retaining the Uefa job. At the moment the governing body of Uefa has the potential to put forward a good candidate and it is being blocked through loyalty to Platini. There is nothing wrong with loyalty, but it has to go hand in hand with common sense.”

Vega was on Tottenham’s books for four years and will be remembered as an at-times calamitous defender, but one that pitched in with the occasional goal.

The 44-year-old spent six months on loan at Celtic and helped the Glasgow-based outfit to a memorable treble in 2000-01.

The Swiss-born man has put forward his case to replace Blatter, stating that his financial knowledge and days as a player make him an ideal choice.

“I’m an ex-football player,” Vega continued.

“The last few years I’ve been really distanced. I’m still in the finance world, advising lots of European clubs from a financial point of view, balance sheets, restructuring.

“There are people who have an interest in getting this sorted out in a manner where tranquillity and stability can follow. You need a nuclear scenario, a clean break from the past.”

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