Prince Ali races 7 other runners for FIFA president

Prince Ali races 7 other runners for FIFA president
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Eight candidates in running for FIFA presidency
Eight candidates in running for FIFA presidency

Eight candidates are in the running to succeed Joseph Blatter as president of football world governing body FIFA.

Applications to succeed Blatter had to be submitted by 2300 GMT Monday.

Deadline day saw Gianni Infantino, the general secretary of the sport's European organization UEFA, Bahraini royal family member Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa and Liberian football association head Musa Bility confirm their bids.

Also standings are UEFA president Michel Platini, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, South African businessman and apartheid-era political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale, ex-FIFA official Jerome Champagne and David Nakhid, a former player from Trinidad and Tobago.

The election will take place at an extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich on February 26.

Platini was the favourite before being suspended by FIFA's ethics committee for 90 days along with Blatter, awaiting an investigation into a 2 million Swiss franc (2.06 million dollars) payment by FIFA to the former France player in 2011.

It is thought the bid by 45-year-old Infantino, who has been Platini's right-hand man as general secretary of UEFA since October 2009, will depend on whether Platini is barred as a candidate.

Sheikh Salman's bid has been criticized by human rights groups who have urged FIFA's election committee to reject him as a candidate when it makes integrity checks in the next two weeks.

Sheikh Salman, who is head of the Asian Football Confederation and a former president of the Bahrain Football Association, has rejected the criticism.

In an interview with the BBC published Tuesday, he said accusations of complicity in the detention and torture of footballers and other athletes in Bahrain were "false, nasty lies" that were "not just damaging me, it's damaging the people and the country."

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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