FIFA selects date for next presidential election, Blatter to hold on until 2016

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FIFA has announced that its next presidential election will take place on February 26, 2016.

Leading officials from the governing body of world soccer met in Zurich on Monday to discuss when a potential election could be held to decide the successor to outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

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The general consensus was that a “Extraordinary elective FIFA Congress” would take place around the Jan. 11 ceremony for the Ballon d’Or but the decision has now been made for the vote to occur a month later.

It will be the second presidential election in less than a year, as Blatter won his fifth-straight four-year term despite the May 27 election shrouded in controversy after the huge corruption scandal which indicted nine FIFA officials and 18 individuals in total.

Blatter resigned last month after 17-years as FIFA’s leader amid huge amounts of pressure from influential figures across the game, corporate sponsors and increased scrutiny by both the Swiss authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice.

As you can see from the Tweet below, FIFA will hold a press conference on Monday to discuss more details about the election, with UEFA’s current president Michel Platini emerging as the favorite to take over from Blatter.