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Champagne to run for FIFA presidency


Champagne to run for FIFA presidency


Frenchman Jerome Champagne has announced he is to run for the presidency of football’s embattled governing body FIFA.

The 57-year-old former diplomat and FIFA executive had declared himself a candidate to challenge incumbant Sepp Blatter at the last elections in May, but withdrew in February after failing to get enough support.

He said his decision to stand was motivated by the events of recent months, which has seen FIFA entangled in the worst corruption crisis of its 111-year history.

Also standing are Uefa president Michel Platini (subject to his suspension being lifted in time), Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, former Trinidad & Tobago player David Nakhid and the Asian Football chief, Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa.

All candidates have until Monday to formally enter themselves in the race for football’s most powerful job.

The elections will be held on February 26.

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