FIFA announce date to elect Sepp Blatter’s successor as president

first_imgFIFA will elect their new president to succeed Sepp Blatter in a special congress on 26 February 2016 – meaning the disgraced Swiss chief is set to remain in power for another seven months.An extraordinary meeting of FIFA’s executive committee decided on the date of the election, despite UEFA members having pushed for an earlier date.Candidates for the position will have to be nominated before October 26 – UEFA president Michel Platini has emerged as the favourite after being urged to run by four of the six FIFA confederations.Blatter announced on June 2 that he will step down as president, just four days after being re-elected for a fifth term in office, after the corruption crisis that engulfed FIFA.US justice authorities have indicted 18 people on football-related corruption charges while Swiss prosecutors have launched a separate investigation into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being hosted by Russia and Qatar respectively.Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer has pleaded guilty to corruption charges including accepting bribes to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. 1 FIFA president Sepp Blatter last_img read more