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Switzerland: FIFA pres. candidates woo UEFA congress members ahead of vote02:48

Switzerland: FIFA pres. candidates woo UEFA congress members ahead of vote

Switzerland, Zurich
February 25, 2016 at 21:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

The five candidates for the FIFA presidency gave speeches at the UEFA extraordinary congress a day before the upcoming presidential election, in Zurich, Thursday.

All candidates agreed on the necessity to fight corruption and bring back transparency at the International Football Organisation.

The UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino stated that "it's time for a change, it's time to bring football back to FIFA". Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, another favourite for the presidency, stated that "the world of football doesn't belong to a group or a region. I think football belongs to all of us. Europe plays an important role and these are facts. Whether we like it or not, we have to work together.”

The candidates have to win over two-thirds of tomorrow’s votes to take the presidency, with early estimates placing Infantino as the most likely to take the position.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter was banned from all football-related activity by FIFA's Ethics Committee in December 2015 after the emergence of corruption scandals.

The vote for the FIFA presidency will take place on Friday at the Hallenstadion arena in Zurich.

Switzerland: FIFA pres. candidates woo UEFA congress members ahead of vote02:48
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The five candidates for the FIFA presidency gave speeches at the UEFA extraordinary congress a day before the upcoming presidential election, in Zurich, Thursday.

All candidates agreed on the necessity to fight corruption and bring back transparency at the International Football Organisation.

The UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino stated that "it's time for a change, it's time to bring football back to FIFA". Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, another favourite for the presidency, stated that "the world of football doesn't belong to a group or a region. I think football belongs to all of us. Europe plays an important role and these are facts. Whether we like it or not, we have to work together.”

The candidates have to win over two-thirds of tomorrow’s votes to take the presidency, with early estimates placing Infantino as the most likely to take the position.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter was banned from all football-related activity by FIFA's Ethics Committee in December 2015 after the emergence of corruption scandals.

The vote for the FIFA presidency will take place on Friday at the Hallenstadion arena in Zurich.