What You Should Know About FIFA's Presidential Candidates
FIFA announced that these seven candidates are vying to become its next president.
The clock is ticking for Sepp Blatter. And the list of candidates to replace him as FIFA president is set.
FIFA released the seven-candidate list Wednesday. Here's who they are:
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein — president of the Jordan Football Association. He ran against Sepp Blatter in May (and lost). Blatter "stepped down" days later.
Musa Bility — president of the Liberia Football Association. He's the first African candidate to announce a bid since 2002. He was banned from the Confederation of African Football for six months in 2013.
Jerome Champagne — former FIFA international relations director. He's fighting for more transparency, additional teams in the World Cup and video replay for referees.
Gianni Infantino — UEFA's general secretary. He joined UEFA in 2000 and oversaw the organization's implementation of the Financial Fair Play policy. He's one of the stronger candidates in the race.
Michel Platini — UEFA president. He's currently suspended from FIFA amid corruption allegations.
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa — Asian Football Confederation president. He's also considered a strong candidate but is facing scrutiny over human rights allegations.
Tokyo Sexwale — South African former government minister. He's a "football outsider" and a key organizer of the South African World Cup. He's also seen as one of the leading contenders.
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