FIFA will hold its presidential election to replace Sepp Blatter on Friday. Well, Friday unless candidate Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein gets his way. Prince Ali has gone to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to postpone the election because he wants transparency. And transparency in this case does not mean making the votes public. It would mean literally transparent voting booths, with the ballot as secret as always.
From the initial list of candidates, all of whom sound like Carmen Sandiego villains, we’re down to five. Prince Ali of Jordan; Sheikh Salman of Bahrain; Switzerland’s Gianni Infantino; France’s Jerome Champagne; and South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale. Sheikh Salman and Infantino are considered the front-runners.