Football: Fifa confirms seven candidates, including Platini, for election for president

Fifa has confirmed seven candidates to run in elections for the presidency of the world governing body, including Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino (left) and Uefa president Michel Platini (right).
Fifa has confirmed seven candidates to run in elections for the presidency of the world governing body, including Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino (left) and Uefa president Michel Platini (right). PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Football's world-governing body Fifa on Wednesday announced that it had confirmed seven candidates to run in its election for a new president on Feb 26.

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

There was no mention of former Trinidad and Tobago footballer David Nakhid who announced last week that he had submitted his candidacy.

Fifa said in a press release that, with the exception of Uefa chief Michel Platini, the candidature dossiers would be processed by its electoral committee.

Platini is currently suspended from all football-related activities for 90 days as part of a clampdown on corruption and fraud at the heart of the Fifa operation.

"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," the statement read.

Fifa said the six other candidate dossiers had been handed over by the Electoral Committee to the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to carry out integrity checks.

The next step will see the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee review the results of the integrity checks before formally declaring which candidates can stand for the presidency.

The election next February comes as Fifa is engulfed in a massive corruption probe that has resulted in 90-day bans for Platini and long-standing president Sepp Blatter who is standing down.

Those suspensions run out on Jan 5.