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FIFA Approves Five Candidates For Election To Replace Sepp Blatter

Current FIFA president Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter (file photo)

FIFA, the scandal-ridden governing body for world soccer, said on November 12 that five candidates have been approved to stand in a February 26 election for the organization's presidency.

The Zurich-based FIFA said the candidates who passed a series of integrity tests are Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, and Tokyo Sexwale.

UEFA's suspended president, Michel Platini, and Liberia's Musa Hassan Bility – both named last month as potential candidates – were not approved.

The candidacy of Platini, the suspended head of European soccer who had been the favorite to replace Sepp Blatter, will be examined once his 90-day suspension by FIFA's ethics committee is over.

Blatter, suspended as FIFA president in the midst of a corruption scandal that involves top FIFA executives, has been in a hospital in Zurich since November 6.

Swiss prosecutors in September initiated criminal proceedings against Blatter over a $2.1 million payment FIFA made to Platini.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP