FIFA election candidates to be quizzed by European lawmakers

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Posted: Dec 16, 2015 6:41 AM
FIFA election candidates to be quizzed by European lawmakers

BRUSSELS (AP) — FIFA's presidential candidates will be questioned by European lawmakers at a campaign meeting.

The NewFIFANow pressure group says three of the five candidates — Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale — are confirmed to attend on Jan. 27 in Brussels.

A fourth candidate, Gianni Infantino, is also expected at the forum co-organized by the European Parliament Sports Intergroup, NewFIFANow says.

Organizers say they offer candidates "an opportunity to present their platform and respond to questions of concern."

It was unclear if Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa could attend.

In a campaign of few public events, the Bahraini royal was the only candidate to skip meeting FIFA voters and news conferences in Copenhagen last month.

The election to succeed Sepp Blatter is on Feb. 26.