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CONCACAF fail to agree on consolidated approach to FIFA presidential election

February 25, 20:57 UTC+3 ZURICH
FIFA convenes in Switzerland’s Zurich on February 26 for its extraordinary Congress with the main aim of electing the organization’s new president
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ZURICH, February 25. /TASS/. Member associations of the CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) will have no consolidated approach to a particular candidate in Friday’s FIFA presidential election, Randolph Harris, the president of the Barbados Football Association (BFA), told TASS on Thursday.

FIFA convenes in Switzerland’s Zurich on February 26 for its extraordinary Congress with the main aim of electing the organization’s new president. All six confederations making up the world’s governing body of football are holding separately sessions in Zurich to work out among other issues their stance ahead of the FIFA presidential election.

Harris said that after CONCACAF’s session its members did not come to a single opinion and each member association would be voting for the candidate it considers the best.

He added that in his personal opinion there are four out of five candidates at the moment capable of winning the election and each of them could become a good president for FIFA. Harris, however, did not specify the names.

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.

A chain of corruption scandals rocked FIFA throughout last year. Everything flared up with an unprecedented scandal on the morning of May 27, 2015, one day before the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, where seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges.

In the most recent development of events, the previously suspended FIFA and UEFA presidents, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini respectively, were both banned on December 21 for eight years by FIFA's Ethics Committee from all international football activities over allegedly illegal financial transfer from FIFA to Platini. The terms were reduced to six years on Wednesday after both football officials filed appeals.

Blatter, 79, was reelected for his fifth consecutive four-year presidential term on May 29, when his only rival Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan pulled out after the first round of vote.

However, addressing a news conference in Zurich on June 2, Blatter said he decided to lay down his mandate at FIFA extraordinary elective Congress. FIFA announced in July that the election of the new president would be held next year on February 26.

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