Fifa presidential election on key day for world football: Who wants to take over?
Fifa will get a new president on Friday when 207 delegates from around the world gather in Zurich, Switzerland to vote for a successor to Sepp Blatter. Given everything that has happened to Fifa, this is seen as a pivotal moment for an organization which has been heavily criticized for its lack of transparency and for failing to clamp down on corruption within it.
Sepp Blatter has been in charge of world football’s governing body since 1998, said last year he was standing down amid a growing corruption crisis. Five candidates want to replace him they are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.
The election process is expected to begin at 12:00 GMT, but several rounds of voting may be required before a winner is known.
A new leader, together with a raft of reform measures, is seen as a chance to start afresh. Acting president Issa Hayatou said Friday can “signal a new dawn”, adding: “This is our opportunity to show we are united in building a stronger Fifa.”