The Fifa presidential election will go into a second round of voting after none of the four candidates received the required two-thirds majority in the first round at the extraordinary congress in Zurich.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino led the first round, with 88 of the 207 votes cast. The widely-regarded favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa received 85 votes, Prince Ali bin al Hussein 27 and Jerome Champagne seven. South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew his candidacy moments prior to the first round of voting.
A simple majority of more than 50 per cent (104 votes) is sufficient for victory in the second round.
The results were closer than expected and left Infantino requiring 16 more votes to become the second successive Swiss president after Sepp Blatter. FIFA is voting on its ninth president and first new head since 1998, when Blatter was appointed for the first time.
Blatter was voted in on five occasions, including last May. But he stepped aside days later amid allegations which led to a six-year ban from football-related activity, which he is contesting. His resignation prompted the world governing body's extraordinary congress in the most pivotal period of FIFA's 112-year history.
The successful candidate will serve the remaining term of office for which Blatter was elected last May, meaning there will be a further election in 2019. The quartet were vying for 207 votes from FIFA's member associations (Kuwait and Indonesia are suspended).
Voting in the first round began at 1350 local time (1250GMT) and concluded one hour 50 minutes later.
It took a further 18 minutes for the votes to be counted and the first-round result was announced at 1608. Sexwale had earlier received a standing ovation after ending his bid to be president in his final opportunity to address the voting delegates. The 62-year-old South African was the last of the five candidates to address the member associations.
Fifa presidential candidates explained
Fifa presidential candidates explained
1/5 Gianni Infantino, 45, Italian/Swiss
Uefa general secretary, joined in 2000 as a lawyer
“Fundamental reforms must be at the heart of Fifa to ensure that it regains the trust of both the football world and the wider public. These reforms need to be structural but also cultural in nature. In this respect, Fifa must demonstrate that it has the strength and determination to reform itself into a modern, well governed, institution which is a worthy leader for the world’s number one sport.”
Expanding the World Cup to upwards of 40 nations, ensuring smaller countries are represented.
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2/5 Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, 50, Bahraini
Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president
“My track record demonstrates that I can be relied upon to serve associations and the global football community with distinction and to lead Fifa through this critical transition. Starting out as a player, I then worked my way up through the ranks of the Bahrain Football Association to become President. Consequently, I fully understand the daily realities and difficulties faced by associations, clubs and players in everyday football.”
Splitting Fifa into two entities, one for commercial practises and another for footballing operations.
3/5 Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, 40, Jordanian
President of Jordan Football Association and founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation, former Fifa vice-president
“I know well the challenges faced every day to develop football in countries around the world. I also know Fifa well from the inside, having served as Fifa Vice President and as a member of both the Fifa Executive Committee and the AFC Executive Committee for the past four years. Most importantly, I am a straight-forward person with straight-forward ideas and ethics — a person who loves our sport. I believe in uncompromising integrity. In good leadership. In fair play. In a service oriented approach. And in hard work.”
Total development of football around the world, quadrupling the amount of money member associations receives to increase sustainability.
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4/5 Tokyo Sexwale, 62, South African
Mining businessman, anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-member of the Fifa anti-discrimination task force
“All this occurs in the midst of unprecedented action by law enforcement agencies against several leaders of FIFA. As a Presidential candidate, I fully understand that these are difficult times for FIFA, which demands extraordinary and resolute leadership. These events, do not mean the death knell of football, the biggest sport in the world played since time immemorial and still to be played for many generations to come.”
Growing and developing football worldwide, enhancing all 205 nations not just the recognised bigger countries.
5/5 Jerome Champagne, 57, French
Consultant in international football, a former diplomat who worked at Fifa as an executive and advisor to Sepp Blatter for 11 years
“In my view, and as I've written and said many times, we must continue and further improve what has been done well under the mandates of Presidents Havelange and Blatter: implement development programs, organize FIFA competitions on every continent, and take the correct sports policy decisions (e.g. the exclusion of South Africa because of apartheid in 1976). But we must do more. We must do better. Above all, we must do it differently.”
Strengthening the role of national associations, involving leagues, clubs and players in the decision-making process.
His charisma was on full show in the 15-minute speech, which he ended by announcing he would not take part in the ballot.
Sexwale said: "My campaign ends today and I suspend my participation. I leave only four people."
Sexwale's chances of success were slim, ever since his home confederation, the Confederation of African Football, announced its intention to back Sheikh Salman. His was a low-profile campaign, in contrast to some of his rivals, although he took Infantino to Robben Island earlier this week, sparking suggestions of an alliance.
Sexwale is a former anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. The mining magnate was part of the organising committee for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Alliances could determine the result of the election. The candidate with the lowest number of votes drops out after the second and subsequent rounds, meaning there can be a maximum of four rounds.