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Infantino to run for Fifa presidency

Gianni Infantino will run for president. Credit: PA

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino will stand for the Fifa presidency, European football's governing body has announced.

Infantino - Michel Platini's right-hand man for the last six years - has received the unanimous backing of Uefa's executive committee.

Platini has also submitted his candidacy for the election but is currently banned for 90 days pending a disciplinary hearing into a £1.3million payment signed off by outgoing president Sepp Blatter in 2011.

The forthcoming election for a new Fifa President represents a crucial moment? in the governance of the game and the future of Fifa itself. We believe that Gianni Infantino has all of the qualities required? to tackle the major challenges ahead and to lead the organisation on a path of reform to restore Fifa's integrity and credibility.

Gianni has done a great job at Uefa, has a proven track record as a top class administrator? and built positive relations with football stakeholders around the globe. He has been a long-time advocate of the need for change and renewed development at Fifa and would bring a refreshing and informed voice to the top table of football's world governing body.

We are delighted that Gianni has agreed to stand and he knows that he has our full support in his campaign to become Fifa President. He is in the process of submitting the required nominations and will issue a statement? on his candidacy later today.

– UEFA statement

Infantino enters race for Fifa presidency

Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino will later confirm his bid for the Fifa presidency, it can be disclosed.

Infantino will receive a recommendation from Uefa's executive committee where he has assisted Michel Platini for the last six years.

Gianni Infantino is in the race. Credit: PA

Platini has also submitted his candidacy for the election but is currently banned for 90 days pending a disciplinary hearing into a £1.3million payment signed off by outgoing president Sepp Blatter in 2011.

Sources close to Uefa have disclosed to Press Association Sport that an emergency meeting of Uefa's executive committee - via teleconference - has been called where Infantino's candidacy will be discussed.

It comes after Asian football's leader Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa became the sixth candidate to submit his candidacy for the Fifa presidential election, according to the official Bahrain news agency.

South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale to run for Fifa presidency

Tokyo Sexwale will stand for the Fifa presidency. Credit: Reuters

South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale will run for president of football's governing body Fifa, a spokesman has confirmed.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) said on Twitter it unanimously endorsed Sexwale's candidacy in February's contest to replace Sepp Blatter.

He follows Frenchman Jerome Champagne, who announced his intention to run on Friday.

Champagne to run for Fifa presidency

Jerome Champagne is looking to lead Fifa. Credit: Reuters

There will be at least one Frenchman in the race for the Fifa presidency after Jerome Champagne, a former senior Fifa official, threw his hat into the ring.

Champagne has submitted eight nomination letters from national associations - he had intended to run in the May election but failed to get the minimum five nominations on that occasion.

In a letter to FIFA's 209 member associations, he says: " With determination and respect, I come before you again as candidate for the presidency of FIFA for the elections on 26 February 2016.

"The events of the past few months have renewed my determination to be a candidate."


Fifa confirm investigations into Beckenbauer and Villar Llona

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Fifa has confirmed German World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer and vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona are both subject to investigations by the organisation's ethics committee.

Beckenbauer was a Fifa voter when Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, while Villar Llona has sat as vice president on Fifa's executive committee since 1998.

The investigations into both men have been completed and are now awaiting verdict.

A Fifa statement read: "Proceedings relating to the two officials Angel Maria Villar Llona and Franz Beckenbauer have already been passed on to the adjudicatory chamber."

FIFA presidential election to go ahead as planned

The election will take place on Feb 26th 2016. Credit: PA

FIFA's executive committee has confirmed its presidential election will go ahead as planned on February 26 next year.

There had been uncertainty surrounding the vote after president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini were handed provisional 90-day suspensions two weeks ago.

FIFA held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Tuesday and has, however, decided to retain the election date, with the deadline for nominations on Monday.

The governing body's twitter account read: "FIFA ExCo reconfirms 26 February 2016 as the date of the extraordinary elective congress in Zurich."

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