FIFA Presidential candidates Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein arrive for the CONCACAF Confederation meeting ahead of Friday's presidential election.
SHOWS: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 25, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, GIANNI INFANTINO ARRIVING FOR CONCACAF MEETING / INFANTINO, SAYING (English): "LET ME PASS. OF COURSE I'M CONFIDENT." / REPORTER, ASKING (English): "HOW EXCITED ARE YOU OF THIS OPPORTUNITY?" / INFANTINO, SAYING (English): "VERY EXCITED. IT'S ABOUT FOOTBALL. VERY EXCITED. TAKE CARE, TAKE CARE. IT'S DANGEROUS." / INFANTINO WALKING INTO HOTEL 2. FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN, ARRIVING AT HOTEL, SURROUNDED BY MEDIA 3. FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SHEIKH SALMAN BIN EBRAHIM AL KHALIFA, ARRIVING AT HOTEL, SURROUNDED BY MEDIA / REPORTER, ASKING (English): "ARE YOU CONFIDENT YOU HAVE THE VOTES YOU NEED?" / SHEIKH SALMAN, SAYING (English): "I THINK SO. THERE'S ANOTHER 24 HOURS I HOPE ALL IS GOOD." / REPORTER, ASKING (English): "ARE YOU HAPPY WITH HOW THE ELECTION IS GOING?" / SHEIKH SALMAN, SAYING (English): "SO FAR SO GOOD. SO FAR SO GOOD. SO THERE'S LITTLE TIME LEFT / SHEIKH SALMAN WALKING INTO HOTEL STORY: Three of the FIFA presidential candidates, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein arrived at Zurich's Renaissance Hotel on Thursday (February 25) to speak at the CONCACAF confederation meeting. It is the first meeting of the day in which all of soccer's confederations will meet ahead of Friday's (February 26) Extraordinary FIFA Congress where the new president will be elected. World soccer's governing body FIFA will proceed with the election to pick a new president to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter and vote on a set of reforms aimed at restoring its credibility after the worst graft scandal in its history. FIFA urged members to approve its reforms at the congress, including term limits for top officials and disclosure of their earnings, to rebuild trust after several dozen officials were indicted in the United States and a criminal investigation was begun in Switzerland. Swiss Blatter, whose 18-year tenure officially ends this week, had hoped to attend the Congress but lost an appeal against his eight-year ban for ethics violations, meaning he must stay away. The federation's appeal committee nevertheless reduced the suspension to six years in acknowledgement of Blatter's "services rendered to FIFA." The committee also shaved two years off its suspension for European soccer boss Michel Platini, who had been favourite to replace Blatter until an investigation began into a $2.03 million payment FIFA made to him in 2011 for work done a decade earlier. Five candidates are standing to replace Blatter to try to lead FIFA out of its crisis. Infantino and Sheikh Salman are considered the frontrunners while Prince Ali, Jerome Chamapgne and Tokyo Sexwale are also standing as candidates.