FIFA confirms Platini, Prince al-Hussein, 5 others for presidency


Seven candidates will stand in Fifa’s presidential elections 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.

Nakhid’s candidacy has been invalidated due to the fact he only received four valid football association nominations. Candidates require five.

One national association nominated both Nakhid and another candidate. Under the election rules that would invalidate the nomination.

Nakhid’s camp are believed to be writing to Fifa today to demand an explanation as to how and why he has been barred from running.”

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, as world football’s governing body was engulfed by 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

* Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, 49, is Asian Football Confederation president

*Tokyo Sexwale, 62, is a South African former government minister

Uefa president Platini 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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