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Fifa candidates Jerome ChampagneFifa candidates Jerome ChampagneESPN has invited the five candidates in the Fifa presidential election to participate in a live televised debate.

The vote for the next president of world football's governing body will take place on 26 February in Zurich.

The candidates are Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Tokyo Sexwale, Gianni Infantino and Jerome Champagne.

According to the American broadcaster wants to stage the event in London on 29 January.

Champagne told the website: "I can tell you that ESPN proposed to the candidates a televised debate and I have already expressed my agreement."

These are the following candidates who are vying for the top job at footballs governing house.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, 40, is president of the Jordan Football Association (Profile)

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, 49, is Asian Football Confederation president (Profile)

Tokyo Sexwale, 62, is a South African former government minister (Profile)

Gianni Infantino, 45, is Uefa's general secretary (Profile)

Jerome Champagne, 57, is a former Fifa executive (Profile)

This month Sepp Blatter, president since 1998, and Uefa boss Michel Platini - who had hoped to run as a candidate in the Fifa election - were suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.

They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a 1.3m ($2m) "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.

Blatter and Platini deny wrongdoing and intend to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

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