The landmark presidential contest has become an Asia v Europe battle between Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Gianni Infantino. But former FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin al Hussein is aiming to upset the odds.

And even outsiders Jerome Champagne, an ex-FIFA official, and South African tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, have been doggedly pleading their cause to the more than 200 delegations in Zurich.

The result is uncertain and experts say that football leaders will not be able to escape multi-national corruption investigations even with a new president. Blatter, 79, will be the big absentee at the extraordinary congress in Zurich. The Swiss sports baron suffered a spectacular fall over the last nine months.

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