|Tokyo Sexwale has pulled out of the FIFA presidential election|
Tokyo Sexwale has withdrawn from the race to become the next president of FIFA. In his speech, Sexwale said: "My candidacy ends today, I end my participation, I leave you four candidates.
That came moments after Sexwale said: "If Gianni wins it will be a party. If Jerome wins it will be a party. If Sheikh Salman wins it will be a party. If Prince Ali wins it will be a party. But if I win, it will be a greater party!"
FIFA is currently in the process of electing a successor to Sepp Blatter, who resigned the presidency, a role he had held since 1998, with an announcement due this afternoon.
South African businessman Sexwale has left the election before the first round of voting, leaving Prince Ali, Sheikh Salman, Jerome Champagne and Gianni Infantino on the ballot.
Sexwale, the final candidate to give his 15-minute pre-election speech, used the platform to confirm his withdrawal from the race.
"It was a surprise but he wasn't likely to get more than five votes," Sky Sports News HQ reporter Kaveh Solhekol said. "I don't think he wanted to stand there in front of the world and finish last. "He is a proud man and he probably would have been humiliated, so he's pulled out in a very graceful way."
1st ballot of FIFA presidential election about to begin. How does the election work? See: https://t.co/kKXxC5dpkx pic.twitter.com/FLleMTb1P8— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 26, 2016
For the election of the FIFA President, two-thirds of votes of members present & eligible to vote are necessary in the first ballot.— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 26, 2016
If a two-thirds majority is not reached in the 1st ballot, all candidates may proceed to the 2nd ballot. https://t.co/e8M2XHHuYt— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 26, 2016
The duration of each ballot is estimated to run for 1 hour 40 minutes. https://t.co/e8M2XHHuYt— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 26, 2016
The FIFA presidential election is overseen by a public notary, scrutineers approved by the #FIFACongress & the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee.— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 26, 2016