FIFA presidential candidates announced

Image: PAN photo/Flickr

Image: PAN photo/Flickr

The seven candidates who will stand for election as FIFA president have been announced.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale all hope to be elected as the head of world football’s governing body on February 26.

All seven had to gain the backing of five individual associations in order to stand for the presidency.

Trinidadian ex-footballer David Nakhid has been barred from running for president despite claims he had submitted his candidacy.

It is understood one of the associations backing Nakhid also gave their support to another candidate, rendering the nomination invalid.

The successful candidate will succeed Sepp Blatter, 79, who stepped down in June and has been suspended from the organisation pending a criminal investigation.

FIFA has been beset by scandal in recent months, with reports of corruption among executives rife.

Former vice-president Jack Warner was recently banned from the organisation for life after being implicated in a corruption scandal.

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