Soccer’s world governing body FIFA Thursday reported the five competitors qualified to remain in the leadership of the scandal hit organization in next year election decision—a list that did not include the one-time most loved Michel Platini.
The successful candidates include Jordanian Prince Ali Al Hussein, who lost to current president Sepp Blatter in the last election in May, and Sheik Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the President of Asia’s soccer confederation.
Other competitors include Diplomat Jérôme Champagne, who already worked at FIFA as an adviser to Mr. Blatter, European soccer official Gianni Infantino and South African well-known businessman Tokyo Sexwale, Zurich-based FIFA reported.
Every one of the five named candidates had undergone “integrity checks” performed by FIFA’s Ethics Committee to investigate their corporate histories, legal cases and audited risks concerning charges of potential false conduct, match fixing and human rights controls.
The Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, set up by FIFA to run the next election, did not have Musa Hassan Bility name, the leader of Liberia’s soccer organization, who was seen as an outsider in the challenge. However, the organization didn’t comment on why his office had been rejected, saying just that the decision was made “in view of content of the integrity check report relating to him.”
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