Five Battle For FIFA Presidency Today

Football

207 delegates from around the world will gather in Zurich, Switzerland today to vote for a new FIFA president to succeed Sepp Blatter.

  • 79-year-old Blatter had been in charge of the world football governing body since 1998, until he was forced to resign last year amid a growing corruption crisis.
  • The five candidates who want to replace him include 49-year-old Sheikh Salman bin Abrahim al-Khalifa from Bahrain; 45-year-old Gianni Ingantino from Switzerland; 39-year-old Prince Ali bin al-Husein from Jordan; 62-year-old Tokyo Sexwale from South Africa; and 57-year-old Jerome Champagne from France.
  • The election is expected to begin at 12:00 GMT, but several rounds of voting may be required before a winner emerges.
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