FIFA announces final candidates for presidential election

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FIFA, has finally announced the names of the final five candidates for the presidential election. The winner will take over from suspended FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

FIFA’s electoral committee announced the names of the candidates which includes Prince Ali bin al Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne. The voting will be held on Feb 26 in Zurich.

A letter was sent to all 209 member associations on Tuesday.

“The Ad-hoc Electoral Committee has formally admitted and declared the candidates eligible for the election of the office of FIFA president at the extraordinary FIFA Congress,” the letter stated according to Hindustan Times.

Sheikh Salman who is the head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Infantino, the UEFA general secretary are seen as the frontrunners. However, all five are campaigning hard to gain support and votes.

The candidates are also trying to influence their fellow contenders with promises of offering posts on gaining victory. Sheikh Salman said on Monday that he could invite Infantino or English Premier League (EPL_ chief executive Richard Scudamore to be FIFA secretary general if he wins.

Meanwhile, Infantino and Prince Ali, a former FIFA vice president from Jordan attended a South American confederation, CONMEBOL, congress in Asuncion on Tuesday to seek support for their win.

FIFA has recently been struck with corruption scandal in recent months. Soccer’s world governing body has also banned Blatter and Vice President Michel Platini for eight years from all football related activities. Blatter has been accused of paying a $2 million payment to Platini. They are also charged with offering and accepting gifts, conflict of interest, and violating their fiduciary duty to FIFA.

A BBC Panorama documentary also revealed that Qatar spent £117 million ($166M) to win successful bids to host the 2022 World Cup. The FBI ongoing investigation also found 16 FIFA officials and associates guilty of corruption.

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