Thursday November 12th, 2015

Five candidates have been approved to run for FIFA president in the upcoming special election, FIFA announced Thursday.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale will appear on the ballot.

UEFA chief Michel Platini, who was once considered a favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, was not included on the ballot as he remains suspended due to an ongoing investigation by the FIFA ethics committee.

Musa Bility of Liberia was also not approved by the electoral committee upon review of “the content of the integrity check report relating to him.”

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter released from hospital

FIFA says each candidate underwent a background check of corporate records, litigation cases, bankruptcy proceedings and potential regulatory actions taken against the candidates.

Sheikh Salman has denied allegations that he played a role in the jailing and torturing of Bahrainian soccer players who peacefully protested his family’s rule in 2011. A candidate’s eligibility can be appealed in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The election will be held on Feb. 26 when 209 member associations will vote for their next leader.

- Christopher Chavez

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