Sheikh Salman of Bahrain strong candidate for FIFA Presidency

Sunday 21st Feb 2016

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is one of five candidates standing for the FIFA presidency election, and is the current front-runner according to the bookmakers. Born in Bahrain on 2 Nov 1965 the prince graduated from the University of Bahrain in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History. The Prince then rose to prominence as an administrator in Bahraini football and became vice-president of the Bahrain FA in 1998 and president in 2002. He was subsequently elected president of the Asian Football Confederation in 2013 and became a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.

On appointment Sheikh Salman made changes to the AFC constitution forcing Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan to lose his seat as one of Asia’s representatives on the FIFA Executive Committee. This incident was the beginning of the anomosity between the princes, Prince Ali of Jordon is also standing for FIFA Presidency election.

Human Rights Watch, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, have all expressed concern with the Prince’s Presidency bid, although it has been cleared that Prince Salman has never been involved in any wrong doing or anti democratic torture.

In January he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African confederation which pledged to support his candidature, even though South African candidate Tokyo Sexwale is also running for the office.

The election for the Presidency will take place on February 26th.fifa

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