Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne speaks during a Reuters interview in Zurich in this June 11, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files
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GENEVA: Jerome Champagne has officially entered the FIFA presidential election race.Platini, who helped force Champagne's exit from FIFA in 2010, is suspended by the FIFA ethics committee and unlikely to be accepted as a candidate.Champagne gets a second chance to lead FIFA because of the scandals.Up to 10 new FIFA member nations could be accepted, from Caribbean and Pacific islands and Kosovo, where Champagne has advised football officials since leaving FIFA.Champagne also met with Issa Hayatou, the interim FIFA president from Cameroon who can influence many of the 54 African voters.
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