Wednesday, October 28

FIFA names seven presidential candidates to replace Blatter

World football governing body, FIFA on Wednesday accepted seven presidential candidates to stand to replace incumbent Joseph Blatter at an extraordinary congress in 2016.

The seven candidates include:
1. Gianni Infantino, the general secretary of the sport’s European organization UEFA,
2. Bahraini royal family member Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa

3. Liberian football association head, Musa Bility
4. UEFA president Michel Platini,
5. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan
6. South African businessman and apartheid-era political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale
7. Ex-FIFA official Jerome Champagne.

Michel Platini would not yet have his candidacy processed by the committee in charge of the election due to his current 90 days ban alongside Sepp Blatter.

However, the other six were to be assessed by the committee and would undergo integrity checks carried out by the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.

The election will take place at an extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich on Feb. 26, 2016.

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