FIFA have announced the 5 candidates to replace Sepp Blatter. The names have been announced...
FIFA have announced the 5 candidates to replace Sepp Blatter.
The names have been announced and member nations will begin to vote on who they want as the new president next month. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale as the men competing for the post.
The game's governing body will begin the attempt to clear their name after corruption allegations engulfed the sport.Blatter, along with UEFA chief Michel Platini , was handed an eight year ban from the game after he announced that he was going to step down from his post.
Here's what you need to know about the contenders...
1. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein
Current roles: Vice-president of FIFA, president of West Asian Football Federation, president of Jordan Football Association
Prince Ali is a member of Jordan's ruling family, who has already fallen short in one FIFA presidential election. He finished in second place to Blatter during last year's congress.
|Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein|
Among his achievements in the game, he championed the lifting of FIFA's ban on the hijab in the women's game and he continually called for the Garcia Report into Russia and Qatar's World Cup bids to be published.
“The crisis at FIFA is a crisis of leadership. I believe in this organisation. Together we will make it great again.”
2. Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
Current roles: President of the Asian Football Confederation
Sheikh Salman decided to stand for FIFA presidency despite a growing storm of criticism from human rights groups.
He took over as AFC president in 2013 but was accused of allegedly heading a committee that identified 150 athletes involved in pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011. He denies those allegations.
|Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa|
Despite this, Salman is the favourite to take FIFA presidency, with thanks to his links to the Asian game.
His statement at the time merely read: “Shaikh Salman has assured the AFC executive committee, who offered him overwhelming support, and the 47 AFC Member Associations that his campaign will be entirely self-financed and that he will not use the AFC’s resources, human or otherwise, in the election.”
3. Jerome Champagne
Current roles: Consultant in international football
Champagne announced that he was running for presidency after the FIFA corruption scandal gave him renewed determination in cleaning up the game.
He had tried to run for presidency last year but did not receive enough nominations to stand against Blatter.
Champagne left his role as a FIFA executive in 2010, which he held since 1999, and is now an adviser to the football federations in Palestine, Kosovo, Cyprus and Conogolese club side TP Mazembe.
“We must also restore FIFA’s credibility and prepare it for the challenges of an ever-evolving world.”
4. Gianni Infantino
Current roles: General secretary of UEFA
Infantino has already stolen a march on his rivals after UEFA's executive committee confirmed their unanimous support for the Swiss-Italian, who will likely get the votes of Europe's 54 members.
|Gianni Infantino is UEFA's general secretary and favourite for the post|
He has also secured the support of Central America for the special FIFA election next month. Seven nations have signed a letter confirming their support to the UEFA general secretary.
“With such a big endorsement you have to take these proceedings very professionally, very openly. I am very confident from what I hear and what I’ve heard from the 54 members.”
5. Tokyo Sexwale
From: South Africa
Current roles: Businessman and politician, FIFA anti-racism adviser
Sexwale is an apartheid-era political prisoner turned multimillionaire mining tycoon, who has received the endorsement of the South African Football Association.
|Africa's representative Tokyo Sexwale|
He was a former prisoner alongside Nelson Mandela at Robben Island and went on to host South Africa's version of 'The Apprentice' TV show.
Now, he is an extremely successful businessman with interests in the mining and energy sectors. His wealth has been estimated at £130million.