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FIFA's five presidential candidates

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By Euronews
FIFA's five presidential candidates

<p>The <span class="caps">FIFA</span> presidential elections take place on Friday in Zurich Switzerland.</p> <p>Five contenders are in the running to replace banned outgoing president Sepp Blatter as football’s world governing body looks to recover from a disastrous 2015, which saw the organisation plunge into it’s worst corruption crisis in its 111-year history.</p> <p>Last year a total of 41 people and entities connected with <span class="caps">FIFA</span> were indicted by the US justice department on corruption charges, while Blatter and his once heir apparent Michel Platini were initially banned for eight years- later reduced to six – for breaching the governing body’s code of ethics.</p> <p>The five men looking to take <span class="caps">FIFA</span> into a brighter and cleaner future are: <span class="caps">UEFA</span> secretary general Gianni Infantino, who is one of two men pegged as favourites to be elected into world football’s top job.</p> <p>The other is Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa – the Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president from Bahrain.</p> <p>Prince Ali bin Hussein – the founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation – will have another crack at the whip after losing to Blatter in last year’s elections although the Jordanian royal remains an underdog.</p> <p>Jerome Champagne is a former French diplomat and worked for Fifa for 11 years as an executive and an advisor to president Sepp Blatter. He left <span class="caps">FIFA</span> in 2010.</p> <p>The final candidate is Tokyo Sexwale a South African former government minister and member of Fifa’s anti-discrimination task force.</p> <p>Sexwale was an anti-apartheid campaigner and was jailed for 13 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.</p> <p>The elections will be broadcast live on Euronews from 15:30 <span class="caps">CET</span>.</p>