Fifa presidential candidates invited to live TV debate

The five applicants wanting to end up Fifa president have been welcome to tune in a live broadcast banter about.

American telecaster ESPN wants to have the occasion in London on 29 January.

The election for the next head of world football’s governing body is due to take place on 26 February in Zurich.

The presidential candidates are Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Tokyo Sexwale, Gianni Infantino and Jerome Champagne.

Champagne told: “I can tell you that ESPN proposed to the candidates a televised debate and I have already expressed my agreement.”


The candidates are:

  • Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, 40, is president of the Jordan Football Association
  • Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, 49, is Asian Football Confederation president
  • Tokyo Sexwale, 62, is a South African former government minister
  • Gianni Infantino, 45, is Uefa’s general secretary
  • Jerome Champagne, 57, is a former Fifa executive

Uefa supervisor Michel Platini, 60, likewise would have liked to keep running as a hopeful, yet the Frenchman was suspended for a long time from all football-related exercises taking after a morals examination.

The 79-year-old Blatter was likewise given an eight-year boycott after both men were discovered blameworthy of ruptures encompassing a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

Swiss Blatter, Fifa president since 1998, and Platini deny wrongdoing and expect to speak to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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