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Who could replace Sepp Blatter as new Fifa president?

Published 03/06/2015 | 09:44

David Ginola has announced that he will once again be running for the FIFA presidency
David Ginola has announced that he will once again be running for the FIFA presidency

Who are the main contenders to replace Sepp Blatter as the new Fifa president after he stood down following the corruption scandal?

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Michel Platini (France)

The Uefa president had been widely tipped to take over as the new president, having fallen out with Blatter towards the end of his reign. Platini led the anti-Blatter vote at the recent election and is the favourite to replace him.


Luis Figo (Portugal)

Put himself forward as a high-profile contender to take over from Blatter in the recent election but did not make it to the election after failing to secure the necessary support. Would be a high-profile candidate who could secure popular support, but not experienced in Fifa politics.


David Gill (England)

The former Manchester United chief executive has no real experience of Fifa's internal politics but earned admiration for his determination to take a stance against Blatter last week, when he refused to take up his position on Fifa's Exco.


Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (Bahrain)

The president of the Asian Football Confederation is a powerful figure in world football, who played a key role in helping Blatter win his election last week. Might struggle to gain support in Europe - but then again, he might not need it.


Prince Ali (Jordan)

The man beaten by Blatter in last week's presidential election is joint-favourite to take over from the Swiss when he steps down. Won 73 votes in the election - enough to force a second round of voting, although he stood down before that happened.


Michael van Praag (Holland)

The former Ajax chairman announced his intention to stand against Blatter in January but fell short of mustering sufficient numbers of backers. Might be tempted to try again, although he is already 67 years old and might not be the 'new face' football demands.


Alfredo Hawit (Honduras)

Hawit was made president of Concacaf following the arrest and suspension from Fifa of Jeffrey Webb last week. Will be high-profile in the coming weeks as his confederation hosts the Women's World Cup and Copa America, which could give him a platform to stake his claim.


Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah (Kuwait)

The Kuwaiti joined Fifa's all-powerful executive committee last Friday - he will stay there for at least two years - and is a hugely influential figure, who could draw support from around the world. A strong early contender.


Jerome Champagne (France)

Another candidate who initially put himself forward to challenge Blatter this year and who failed to gain the necessary backing. A former French diplomat, Champagne served as an executive at FIFA from 1999 to 2010 - which might make him the kind of 'inside' candidate who would know how to work the Fifa machine.


David Ginola (France)

The former Tottenham was an unlikely candidate in the first place - his bid was sponsored by a bookmaker - but he is undeterred, despite failing to make the main election. He has announced he is standing again to replace Blatter.


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