63 FIFA con­firm Cham­pagne, Prince Ali, five oth­ers for pres­i­den­tial elec­tions

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FIFA has con­firmed the seven can­di­dates who have been nom­i­nated to run for pres­i­dency of foot­ball’s world gov­ern­ing body.

Mon­day was the dead­line for can­di­dates to sub­mit their names and FIFA have recog­nised seven en­tries, in­clud­ing South African busi­ness­man and former apartheid ac­tivist Tokyo Sexwale.

“FIFA’s

mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions have pro­posed, in due time and form, seven can­di­dates for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to take place at the Ex­tra­or­di­nary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 Fe­bru­ary 2016,” reads a state­ment on FIFA’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“The can­di­dates pro­posed are HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hus­sein, Mr. Musa Has­san Bil­ity, Mr. Jerome Cham­pagne, Mr. Gianni In­fantino, Mr. Michel Pla­tini, H.E. Sheikh Sal­man bin Ebrahim Al Khal­ifa and Mr. Tokyo Sexwale.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has also clar­i­fied the sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing Michel Pla­tini, who is cur­rently serv­ing out a 90-day ban handed down by the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Ethics Com­mit­tee.

“Given that Michel Pla­tini is cur­rently pro­vi­sion­ally banned from tak­ing part in any foot­ball-re­lated ac­tiv­ity, his can­di­da­ture will not be pro­cessed by the Ad­hoc Elec­toral Com­mit­tee as long as such ban is valid and in force,” the state­ment con­tin­ued.

“Should such a ban be lifted or ex­pire be­fore the FIFA pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the Ad-hoc Elec­toral Com­mit­tee would de­cide, de­pend­ing on the re­spec­tive ex­act point in time, on how to pro­ceed with the can­di­da­ture con­cerned.

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