Friday, 26 February 2016

All you need to know about the FIFA Election

Gianni Infantino and Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa are the heavy favourites for this one.

Infantino has secured the majority of the European vote and is expected to do well with the South American vote.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Salman has received the support of the Asian federations, while the outcome could be decided by the African votes.

The Five Contender
FIFA Election Candidate 1
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein 

The man who lost out to Blatter in the last election, the 40-year-old is a former Fifa vice-president and has been vociferous in his demands for the Garcia report on the bidding process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup to be published in full.

FIFA Election Candidate 2
Jerome Champagne

A former deputy secretary general at Fifa, the Frenchman failed to gather enough nominations in the run in to the last election and has repeatedly spoken highly of Blatter.

He has often called for greater transparency in Fifa, a cut in the number of World Cup spots allocated to European nations and wants to increase the number of Fifa member

FIFA Election Candidate 3
Gianni Infantino 

The 45-year-old Swiss has been by Michel Platini's side and opted to enter the race after the Uefa president was banned by Fifa's Ethics Committee and ruled out of the race.

The lawyer has proposed expanding the World Cup to 40 teams in his manifesto.

FIFA Election Candidate 4
Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa 

President of the Asian Football Confederation and a Fifa vice-president, the 50-year-old has been accused of human rights violations in Bahrain and hopes to see the role of president become a non- executive role.

FIFA Election Candidate 5
Tokyo Sexwale 

The South African politician, who became a billionaire through the oil and diamond industry, was part of the organising committee for the 2010 World Cup and faced accusations of accepting benefits during the process, which he denies.

The 62-year-old has pledged to lift the ban on national teams having shirt sponsors.

What the Gladiators are saying

Issa Hayatou
“I am confident that the new president will make it his top priority to ensure we all take the necessary steps to rebuild FIFA”

“This work of reform is a task we undertake together, in a spirit of collective responsibility”

“We will establish a more transparent, robust and responsible FIFA that people everywhere can respect again” - 

'I'll always be a president', says Blatter
Sepp Blatter insisted he will "always be a president" as the suspended Fifa boss prepares to officially vacate his position at world football's governing body.

Fifa will usher in a new era at the presidential election in Zurich today, with Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale vying for presidency .

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