Six FAs nominate Figo for Fifa presidency

Luis Figo has announced that he has met the minimum requirement of five nominations from national associations in his bid for Fifa presidency.

The former Portugal star is among six men who have confirmed their intention to stand for office at May’s election, including current president Sepp Blatter.

All candidates were compelled to enter the names of five national FAs which were willing to nominate them for election ahead of the deadline for January 29 at midnight, and Figo has revealed that he met the requirement on Thursday.

“I am very happy to confirm that my six nominations were delivered to Fifa this week ahead of the deadline,” the ex-Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter winger announced via Twitter.

“I'd like to thank my colleagues and friends from the nominating FAs and across the football family who have already given me their backing.”

While he did not confirm which associations had backed him for the position, it is believed that Portugal, Denmark, Montenegro, Macedonia, Luxembourg and Poland were the half-dozen who leant their weight to the 42-year-old’s campaign.

Figo and Blatter have been joined in the race by Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein,
David Ginola and Michael van Praag, but so far no other candidate has confirmed whether they have met Fifa’s requirements by the deadline.

The world governing body will confirm the final list of candidates during February after its Electoral Committee has studied the submitted paperwork.

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