World football’s governing body FIFA has confirmed it will hold the election for its next President on 26 February.
The former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who has been president since 1998, suspended from all FIFA activities and is not allowed to represent FIFA in any capacity as he is under investigation for corruption charges. The allegation on him claims that he made a £1.35m payment to Platini in 2011 as well as signed a contract “unfavourable” to FIFA.
Since then the chair is vacant and hunt for the new president is going on till FIFA confirmed the election date for the same here on Tuesday.
“The Executive Committee also confirmed 26 February 2016 as the date for the elective extraordinary congress,” read a FIFA statement.
Now the question everybody is pondering that who will come forward to succeed Blatter as President of FIFA? The first name who is leading the race is Michel Platini. Michel Platini, despite of serving a 90-day ban while corruption claims are investigated is seeking the next presidency.
Frenchman Platini, President of European football’s governing body UEFA, submitted his candidacy papers earlier this month, but FIFA says it cannot recognize his candidacy while his ban is in place and he cannot campaign. However, FIFA’s electoral committee says it may allow him to stand if his suspension ends before the election date.
The second name that is on the list is Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain who is expected to contest the election. The other names that are up for the race are Former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid and ex-Tottenham defender Ramon Vega. They both are ready to submit their candidacy papers for the post.