Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


EU red cards FIFA presidential candidate debate

26 January 2016, 06:44

Brussels - The European Parliament on Monday cancelled a debate between hopefuls for the FIFA presidency after key contenders Prince Ali bin al Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale pulled out at the last minute.

The event was due to take place on Wednesday at the parliament in Brussels, but had to be called off after the French candidate Jerome Champagne was the only one still ready to take part, organisers said.

"We regret this decision. It sends another bad signal," said a statement from the parliament's Sport Intergroup, which organised the debate along with the campaign group New FIFA Now.

"The planned forum with the candidates for the presidency of FIFA will not now finally take place, after the withdrawal at the very last minute of Prince Ali and Tokyo Sexwale."

Also Read:FBI also investigate 2006 World Cup bid - report

The debate was meant to involve former FIFA vice-president Prince Ali, South African tycoon Sexwale, former FIFA official Champagne, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

The parliamentary group said former FIFA vice-president Prince Ali had told them the debate could breach the rules of the FIFA campaign.

The cancellation comes just weeks after a televised debate between the five hopefuls was also called off because three of the contenders refused to take part.

The FIFA presidential election, when a successor to the disgraced Sepp Blatter will be voted in as the head of world football's governing body, will take place in Zurich on February 26.

Blatter was banned for eight years by FIFA's ethics committee last month over a "disloyal payment" of two million Swiss francs made in 2011 to UEFA president Michel Platini, who was also banned.

"This election should be the chance to bring more transparency, ethics and good governance to the highest level of FIFA - but this is yet another missed chance and a bad signal to all federations and all fans of clean football," the parliament statement said.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...