FIFA presidential candidates announced

The five candidates for FIFA’s presidential elections have been confirmed, as world football’s governing body seeks a replacement for Sepp Blatter at the elections on 26 February.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale have all put their names forward for nomination.

One of those mentioned above will replace incumbent president Sepp Blatter, whose 17-year reign at FIFA is set to end under criminal investigation into the organisation’s widespread corruption scandal.

The five candidates include: Gianni Infantino, a Swiss lawyer and the UEFA General Secretary since 2009; Jerome Champagne, a French diplomat and former FIFA executive from 1999 to 2010;

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, the son of a Jordanian king, president of the Jordanian Football Association, and founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation, which includes 12 regional states as members;

Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman and politician who has been endorsed by his country’s football association and could gain the support of other African nations, which make up FIFA’s largest continental confederations with 54 voting members.

Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, a member of the Bahrain royal family, former president of the Bahrain Football Association and President of the Asian Football Confederation.

Liberian Football Association chief Musa Bility had his candidature rejected while current UEFA president Michel Platini will only have his application considered if his suspension is lifted before the elections, as he is currently under formal investigation by FIFA’s independent ethics committee.

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