A list of the candidates for FIFA President is shown on a screen during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)
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Voting started Friday in the election for FIFA's new president, with 207 national associations approved to cast ballots at the congress in Zurich where Sepp Blatter's replacement will be chosen.The package should help to guarantee that whoever is elected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president at the Congress being held in Zurich will face closer scrutiny and have less influence over the day-to-day management of the organisation's business affairs.FIFA had already said it was proving difficult to renew sponsorship deals, and that no major contracts would be signed before a new president was in place.Blatter and former European football chief Michel Platini have both been banned from the game for ethics violations, caught up in a storm that was unleashed when a clutch of delegates at a FIFA Congress last May were arrested at dawn at the behest of U.S. investigators.In addition, FIFA has been forced to investigate controversies surrounding the awarding of its biggest showcase, the World Cup finals, especially the decision to grant the 2018 tournament to Russia and the 2022 finals to Qatar, a small, scorching desert state with little football tradition.Whoever takes over from Blatter, who ran FIFA for 17 years like a globe-trotting head of state, will have to set about rebuilding the tarnished brand.
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