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Soccer-Van Praag withdraws from FIFA presidential election

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BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag has withdrawn from next week's election and thrown his weight behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, he said on Thursday.

"Michael van Praag decided to withdraw his candidacy to become the next FIFA president and to join forces with presidential candidate Prince Ali Al Hussein," he said in a statement published by his campaign organisers on Thursday. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by John O'Brien)

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