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FIFA presidential race: The candidates

The seven candidates to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA in February’s elections were confirmed on Wednesday. Here, we look at the men vying for the top job in world football.


Prince Ali bin al-Hussein

Prince Ali has been FIFA vice-president for Asia for the past four years, and ran against Blatter during last May’s elections.

Having taken the ballot to a second round of voting, Prince Ali withdrew his candidacy which handed victory to Blatter – although the Swiss resigned four days later.

Prince Ali is the current president of the Jordan Football Association, and has vowed to lead the reforms within FIFA and restore the governing body’s reputation.


Musa Bility

Bility – the current president of the Liberian Football Association – submitted his candidacy to run in February’s elections on Monday having received the backing of five member associations.

The 48-year-old is only the second African to formally stand for the presidency after Issa Hayatou – the acting FIFA president in Blatter’s absence.

During his tenure with the Liberian FA, Bility – who is keen to give Africa a stronger voice within FIFA – was banned from all football activity by the Confederation of African Football due to him violating the use of confidential documents, a ban that ended in 2013.


Jerome Champagne

A former advisor to Blatter, Champagne planned to run in the 2015 elections but failed to achieve the backing of five associations and was forced to withdraw.

During his 11 years with FIFA, Champagne also held the role of director of international relations, before leaving the governing body in 2010.

Champagne has been a staunch critic of Blatter in the past, and has pledged to introduce “the highest standard of transparency and ethics” if elected.


Gianni Infantino 

The current UEFA secretary general was put forward by Europe’s governing body as an alternative option to Michel Platini, the 45-year-old receiving the unanimous backing of UEFA’s Executive Committee.

Infantino, who has worked at UEFA for six years, confirmed his bid to replace Blatter on Monday – the deadline for submission of FIFA candidates.


Michel Platini

Current UEFA president and FIFA vice-president, Platini is currently serving a 90-day suspension for his involvement in an alleged “disloyal payment” from Blatter.

Platini – a European Championship winner with France in 1984 and European Cup winner with Juventus in 1985 – was named European footballer of the year three times in a row and had hoped to use his reputation as a player to lead the reforms within FIFA.

A former aide to the outgoing president, Platini has since fallen out with his old mentor and was favourite to replace Blatter until his recent suspension by the FIFA Ethics Committee.


Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa

The president of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman has promised to self-fund his election bid entirely and says he will not take a salary should he be appointed FIFA president.

The 49-year-old, who is cousin to the King of Bahrain, has been accused by human rights groups in the country of helping to identify footballers and athletes involved in democracy protests in 2011, in which several people were killed by security forces and others were arrested and allegedly tortured.

Sheikh Salman, however, has branded the accusations “false, nasty lies that have been repeated again and again in the past and the present”.

Fellow candidate Prince Ali was a former supporter of the head of Bahrain football before his landslide election victory won him the AFC post in 2013.


Tokyo Sexwale

Full name Mosima Gabriel Sexwale, the 62-year-old is a former anti-apartheid activist who spent 13 years in prison alongside – among others – former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government.

Sexwale was key to South Africa hosting the World Cup in 2010 but went public with his concerns over an alleged payment of $10million, which US prosecutors have claimed was used to win votes to hold the tournament. Sexwale himself has never faced any accusations over wrongdoing over the bid.

A millionaire mining tycoon, Tokyo – so called due to a love of karate as a youth – is a leading anti-racism campaigner and even became a media personality as the central figure on South Africa’s version of reality TV series The Apprentice.

Wed 28 Oct, 2015
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