LIVE: FIFA presidential vote is underway

2016-02-26 07:10
Last Updated at
26 Feb 16:45
Voting is over and the results are set to be announced in 20 minutes.
26 Feb 14:45
BREAKING NEWS!!! Tokyo Sexwale withdraws from the FIFA presidential race...
26 Feb 14:43

Sexwale has a starting XI of what he will do in order to take FIFA forward.

GK: Better governance

Defence: Personal touch, financial support, anti-racism, decentralise power

Midfield: Sponsor activism, Restore integrity, World Cup allocations, advisory boards

Forwards: Stronger development, protect players

26 Feb 14:36
Jerome Champagne, Sheikh Salman, Prince Ali, Gianni Infantino, have all addressed the members of FIFA. South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale is currently trying to sway votes his way in motivating his campaign.
26 Feb 08:50

Europe's Gianni Infantino and Asian football leader Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa led the five man battle for votes ahead of crisis-stricken FIFA's landmark vote on Friday for a new president.

Amid final political attacks and pleas, Sheikh Salman, Infantino and their rivals went to regional confederation meetings in Zurich on Thursday ahead of Friday's vote to find a replacement for Sepp Blatter.

25 Feb 07:21
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six on Wednesday, two days before the sport's ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president.
25 Feb 07:20
A British lawmaker has accused Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa, a frontrunner in the FIFA presidential race, of being involved in a "cash-for-votes" scandal.
25 Feb 07:18
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday rejected a protest from FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin al Hussein, which aimed to force FIFA to use transparent voting booths at its congress election.
24 Feb 12:54
British Member of Parliament Damian Collins used parliamentary privilege on Tuesday to accuse FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of taking development project funds to finance an election bid.
24 Feb 12:52
24 Feb 12:52

Worryingly for football's bosses, 43 percent said the scandals are affecting how they enjoy the sport. With Blatter banned from all football for eight years, FIFA will vote for a new head - Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa and Gianni Infantino are the favourites.

24 Feb 12:51
Of those polled, 69 percent even said they have no confidence in FIFA. But there is some hope as 50 percent said that the governing body now has a chance to restore its battered reputation.
24 Feb 12:51

With FIFA scheduled to vote for a new president to replace disgraced Sepp Blatter on Friday, two-thirds of fans do not trust football's governing body, claims anti-corruption group Transparency International.

The Berlin-based body on Tuesday announced the results of a new poll of 25 000 fans in 28 countries which shows deep distrust of FIFA.

24 Feb 07:39

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it will decide by Thursday whether to suspend FIFA's presidential vote after candidate Prince Ali bin al Hussein filed a case seeking a delay.

The Jordanian prince, one of five hopefuls, wants transparent voting booths used at Friday's congress to find a replacement for Sepp Blatter. This call was rejected by FIFA's election commission.

23 Feb 11:54
Lawyers for Prince Ali bin al Hussein said they have made an official request for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to suspend the FIFA presidential election on Friday because of a dispute over voting arrangements.
23 Feb 11:48

Sepp Blatter's long-awaited book about his life at FIFA is expected to be published within days.

The website of Swiss publisher Werd & Weber has said "Sepp Blatter: Mission Football" will cost R742.94 and will be available in February.

23 Feb 08:27

The brother of a king and an army major general, Prince Ali bin al Hussein has taken on the toughest of campaigns trying to reach the summit of world football.

The 40-year-old Jordanian royal won praise for his lone challenge to Sepp Blatter in FIFA's presidential election last year. It has not helped win votes for the governing body's decision day on Friday.

23 Feb 08:21

Gianni Infantino made his name as UEFA's master of ceremonies until scandal forced his boss Michel Platini out of the race for the FIFA presidency.

The shaven-headed Swiss-Italian lawyer is in a close fight with Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa and three other candidates for the leadership of world football to be decided on Friday.

22 Feb 12:33

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino has taken up an invitation from Tokyo Sexwale to visit South Africa and tour Robben Island.

Infantino and rival candidate Tokyo Sexwale are to visit the island on Monday, four days before the election to choose Sepp Blatter's successor.

22 Feb 10:34

When national soccer leaders enter FIFA's secret voting booths to select a president on Friday, Sepp Blatter won't be an option for the first time in 22 years.

Five candidates are seeking the job of running world soccer and showing criminal authorities that scandal-tarnished FIFA can clean up its act while regaining the trust of fans.

22 Feb 10:12

Scandal-tainted FIFA is heading for a $100 million-plus deficit for 2015 and rival candidates for the leadership of football's world body have warned of catastrophe if some campaign promises are carried out.

FIFA has $1.5 billion in cash in the bank and its riches are a key battle for the five rivals who will take part in Friday's vote for a replacement for Sepp Blatter.

22 Feb 10:11


In the lead up to Friday's announcement, here is the latest news surrounding the FIFA presidential race.


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