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Monday 18 December 2017

The contest for the FIFA presidency will be a four-horse race after French former diplomat Jerome Champagne pulled out after failing to secure the minimum five nominations required.

The contest for the FIFA presidency will be a four-horse race after French former diplomat Jerome Champagne pulled out after failing to secure the minimum five nominations required.

Champagne announced his withdrawal in a letter to national associations where he blamed UEFA and the "institutions" mobilising to eliminate him.

He said he had secured three nominations but other associations feared "reprisals" if they backed him. It means FIFA president Sepp Blatter will face challenges from Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag and former Portugal international Luis Figo. All three of the challengers are campaigning on a reforming programme with support from UEFA.

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