FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa attends an interview with Reuters in Panama City, Panama, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Ibarra
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In a FIFA presidential election where all candidates are presenting themselves as reformers, Asian soccer boss Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is making his pitch as the safest option to officials beleaguered by the organisation's crisis.Perhaps conscious of the fact that it is FIFA's 209 member associations, and not public opinion, that will decide the next FIFA president at a congress on Feb. 26, Salman also strikes a slightly defiant tone when discussing the corruption crisis that has hit the governing body.Salman believes it is unfair that FIFA itself has been tarnished by the behavior of confederation officials.Salman says that duty goes well beyond FIFA.The Blatter-voting core in FIFA might also be encouraged to hear Salman talking of reviewing the contracts of U.S. law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and New York-based crisis and communications adviser Teneo who were hired by FIFA after the May arrests.(http://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-fifa-lawyer-idUSKBN0UN01920160109)Salman initially supported Frenchman Michel Platini in the election before he was suspended and then banned by FIFA's Ethics Committee following an investigation into a 2 million Swiss franc payment from Blatter's FIFA in 2011 .
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