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Sheikh Salman says likely to join efforts with Infantino ahead of FIFA’s grand election

February 10, 10:24 UTC+3 PARIS
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced this week that it would be better for the world of football for Sheikh Salman and Infantino joined their efforts
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 Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

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PARIS, February 10. /TASS/. President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa told TASS it was possible for him to join efforts with UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino ahead of the February 26 FIFA presidential election.

"You cannot rule anything out at the end of the day," Sheikh Salman said in an interview with TASS.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, announced this week that it would be better for the world of football for Sheikh Salman and Infantino joined their efforts ahead of the presidential election in the world’s governing body of football.

"If we're talking about Europe in particular, let's not forget that Asia is the first continent to support [suspended UEFA president] Michel Platini in his bid," Sheikh Salman said. "So there is a good understanding between us and the Europeans."

The five currently running candidates for the post of the FIFA presidency are: South Africa’s ex-Minister of Housing Construction Tokyo Sexwale, UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino, FIFA Vice President and Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, former-FIFA Secretary General Jerome Champagne and President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

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