Sexwale pulls out of FIFA President race

One of the five hopefuls for the FIFA presidency has pulled out of the race minutes before voting began.

South African tycoon Tokyo Sexwale announced he was pulling out of the contest, leaving four contenders.

They are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al Hussein and Jerome Champagne.

Earlier, FIFA voted in favour of a series of reforms to curb its president’s powers and stop corruption in world football.

Its congress body, meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, agreed the package of proposals by 179 votes to 22, an 89% approval rate.

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Seven delegates abstained from the vote.

The reforms include the disclosure of salaries and limiting FIFA officials – including the president – to serving a maximum of three four-year terms.

FIFA’s executive committee will be replaced with a new council made up of at least six women – one from each confederation.

Its political and commercial decision-making arms will also be separated – in an attempt to avoid conflicts of interest.

Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou said the reforms would give “football a strong foundation on which to thrive”.

He added: “We stand united in our determination to put things right, so that the focus can return to football once again.

“The hard work of restoring trust and improving how we work begins now.”

Source: Sky News