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Football: 7 candidates in race for Fifa presidency, Nakhid excluded

Fifa said on Wednesday that there are seven official entries for the presidential election to replace Sepp Blatter, with former Trinidad and Tobago player David Nakhid not on the final list.

football Updated: Oct 28, 2015 16:25 IST
Fifa corruption scandal,Fifa presidential election,David Nakhid
A combination photo of the eight candidates who had submitted their bid for presidency of Fifa. David Nakhid, top left, did not feature in the final list released by Fifa on October 28, 2015.(AFP Photo.)

Football’s world-governing body Fifa on Wednesday announced that it had confirmed seven candidates to run in its presidential election scheduled to be held on February 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.

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

The chamber will “deliver comprehensive documentation on each candidate, but it will not give any recommendation as to whether or not a candidate may run for the Fifa presidency.”

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 Fifa presidency.

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

Those suspensions run out on January 5.

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First Published: Oct 28, 2015 15:57 IST