UEFA General Secretary and FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino talks to Reuters during an interview in Zurich, Switzerland February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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FIFA presidential favorites Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa embarked on a final scramble for votes Wednesday ahead of the election to lead world football's scandal-tainted governing body.Both were in FIFA's home city of Zurich trying to assemble the coalition of supporters needed to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter and win the most powerful job in world football.FIFA has said the reform package is crucial to cleaning out the graft that has plagued world football for decades.Separately, a FIFA appeals committee is expected to rule on the pleas filed by Blatter and his one-time heir apparent Michel Platini, who are seeking to overturn the eight-year bans. Since then, 39 people within football and two companies have been charged by the U.S., Blatter and Platini have been banned, while FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke has been sacked and thrown out of football for nine years over various corruption allegations.
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