List of Fifa presidency candidates down to 5

Fifa initially accepted the candidacies of 7 individuals, but an integrity check led to the removal of 2.

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JOHANNESBURG - Fifa's ad-hoc electoral committee has narrowed down the number of presidential candidates to five.

Fifa had initially accepted the candidacies of seven individuals, but following an integrity check and the electoral committee's report, Uefa boss Michel Platini and president of the Liberian Football Association Musa Bility have been removed as candidates.

The Fifa elections will take place on 26 February next year in Switzerland.

Tokyo Sexwale, Gianni Infantino, Jerome Champagne, Sheikh Salman Khalifa and Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein are the five candidates ratified by the Fifa ad hoc electoral committee, following the conclusion of an integrity check.

Platini, who is currently serving a 90-day provisional suspension for alleged fraud, and Bility have been barred from running as they do not meet the requirements set out for a presidential candidate.

The committee has afforded the two candidates the opportunity to appeal their exclusion with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The next Fifa president will take over from Sepp Blatter, who was at the helm for 18 years and was also suspended for 90 days for misconduct.