Fifa: Presidential election candidates confirmed

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Seven candidates will stand in Fifa’s presidential election on 26 February.

The candidates are: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale.

Trinidadian ex-footballer David Nakhid was not included on the list, despite saying he had submitted his candidacy.

The election is to find a successor to the suspended Sepp Blatter, who is under criminal investigation.

The Swiss 79-year-old announced he would be stepping down in June, with world football’s governing body at the centre of a corruption scandal.

Who are the Fifa candidates?

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, 39, is president of the Jordan Football Association
Musa Bility, 48, is president of the Liberian Football Association
Jerome Champagne, 57, is a former Fifa executive
Gianni Infantino, 45, is Uefa’s general secretary
Michel Platini, 60, is Uefa president and Fifa vice-president
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, 49, is Asian Football Confederation president
Tokyo Sexwale, 62, is a South African former government minister

Platini, the head of European football’s governing body, is also suspended, but Fifa’s electoral committee says it may allow him to stand if his ban ends before the election date.

Fifa and Swiss prosecutors are investigating reports that a £1.35m payment was made in 2011 for work Platini did as Blatter’s adviser.

Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing against their 90-day bans.

All candidates had to obtain the written backing of five football associations under Fifa electoral rules.

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