File - Platini was once the frontrunner for FIFA’s presidency.
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FIFA has approved five candidates for its February presidential election amid the worst crisis in its history, after barring Liberia's Musa Bility on integrity grounds and leaving out UEFA chief Michel Platini while he remains under suspension.FIFA's electoral committee said Thursday the five approved presidential candidates were Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and South Africa businessman Tokyo Sexwale.Last month, Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, one of the top powerbrokers in global sport and a member of FIFA's executive committee, said he hoped there would be "coordination" between Infantino and Sheikh Salman if Platini was unable to run.
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