FIFA presidential election LIVE!


Live updates from the FIFA presidential election in Zurich.

Votes after round one:
  • Sheikh Salman (Bahrain): 85
  • Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (Jordan): 27
  • Jerome Champagne (France): 7
  • Gianni Infantino (Switzerland): 88
  • Tokyo Sexwale - WITHDRAWN
'ANYONE GOT AN ABACUS?'
Here are the FIFA boys counting the votes after round one. No need for some sort of computerised system, just bung 'em on the table and dig in! The voting is quite a protracted process and round two did not get underway until 3.23pm UK time, so we can maybe expect the results at about 5.20 (ish?). We will keep you posted, of course! Countries which start with P are just casting their votes.

'SWORN ENEMIES'
Here is Kaveh Solhekol's take on this intriguing election after the first round of voting. Our chief news reporter thinks the maths is stacking up in favour of Gianni Infantino.
"What is crucial is what is going to happen to Prince Ali's 27 votes. He is the kingmaker. My analysis of the situation is that Prince Ali is a sworn enemy of Sheikh Salman. Sheikh Salman took Prince Ali's seat on the FIFA Executive Committee. I think it is much more likely that Prince Ali's voters, if they are to switch, they will switch to Gianni Infantino. Gianni Infantino's team have been telling us that he is the one with the momentum, he was the coming man, that he was closing the gap on Sheikh Salman, and that is exactly what appears to have happened."
IN THE BALANCE!
Here are the tallies from the first round of voting. Will those 27 votes which went to Prince Ali switch to one of the two front-runners? That could decide this thing. Our man Kaveh Solhekol thinks they are more likely to switch to Gianni Infantino than Sheikh Salman. All will be revealed in an hour or so...
 SKY NEWS' PAUL KELSO...
LORD TRIESMAN SAYS:
Former FA chairman Lord Triesman is now with us in the Sky Sports News HQ studio covering the event...
"This is not a normal organisation, or a normal world. There's some big egos, so I'm not surprised no-one has stepped back. And Sheikh Salman has a different view of democracy than most people. There will be people using these long processes to remind people of several things, such as promises they made in this event, or the generosity of the candidates to them or their associations."
FIFA ELECTION UPDATE
Just so you know...we're expecting a result between 5pm  and 6pm UK time.
To win a 50% is required (104 votes). The lowest number of votes is eliminated. The remaining candidates then have the right to proceed to a third ballot. 
BREAKING NEWS:
FIFA ELECTION TO GO TO SECOND ROUND
FIFA's presidential election will go to a second round of voting, it has been confirmed.
Voting is underway. Afghanistan get us started....
SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
There is now a second round and there is a simple majority of 104 votes needed to win the FIFA presidency. 
Sources say there is a  feeling of surprise inside the Hallenstadion that Gianni Infantino has beaten Sheikh Salman after round one. There are discussions ongoing and runners could choose to drop out if they get indications that voting will lean away from them.
So could Prince Ali withdraw? Or Sheikh Salman?
BREAKING NEWS: 
FIRST ROUND VERDICT: 
Gianni Infantino edges ahead...
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein: 27 
Sheikh Salman: 85
Jerome Champagne: 7
Gianni Infantino: 88 
 VERDICT NEARING....
THE VOTES ARE COUNTED!
Voting in round one has finished and they are now being counted by FIFA officials. AC Milan director Umberto Gandini has provided this tweet:
FIFA REFORMS APPROVED
Earlier, the FIFA extraordinary congress voted in favour of structural reforms with regards to governance, accountability, transparency and diversity
FIFA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION LATEST
Here's former FA director Adrian Bevington, whose sources inside the Hallenstadion are reporting to him at Sky Sports News HQ:
"From what I'm hearing from inside the room, there's no way this cannot go to a second vote. It's very close. There's a big belief that Gianni Infantino will get a lot of support from South America, helped by the head of the Spanish FA. CONCACAF, meanwhile, seem to be backing Prince Ali. The sources I'm talking to, though, say Sheikh Salman is still the favourite."
EXWALE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE
WATCH: Tokyo Sexwale withdraws from the race to become the new FIFA President earlier today.
He was expected to get only a handful of votes, and he has dropped out to avoid the embarrassment.
ON TO 'S'....
We're getting there, as the cheesy music continues to play, according to Sky Sports News HQ's Anton Toloui... Saudi Arabia are next....
FIFA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION LATEST
Here's our chief news reporter Kaveh Solhekol with the latest....
"The voting goes all the way to Zimbabwe. They queue up to go into the booths, hand in the telephones, given a pen and have four names to choose from now. The messages we've been getting from the two camps is that, firstly, Sheikh Salman is quietly confident he's going to get the 104 votes he needs to go into a second round. For it to end after one round you need two thirds of the vote and that's probably unlikely. Gianni Infantino, though, believes he has the momentum."
ON TO 'M' - HALFWAY THROUGH!
Macau, Malaysia and Maldives in the voting booths... we're halfway through.
IRELAND CAST THEIR VOTE
John Delaney from FA Ireland has just cast his vote. We're not even halfway through yet...
SALMAN PROTESTS
A lot of people are not happy at Sheikh Salman's history, and are protesting outside the FIFA congress in Zurich. Here's SSNHQ's Anton Toloui...
'VOTING PROCESS IS PAINFUL'
Here's former FA director Adrian Bevington's analysis of the voting, watching from the Sky Sports News HQ studio...
"It's like something you'd expect from a local parish council. It should be transparent and we should all be able to see it, via some sort of electronic system. It's painful watching. I'm being told the run is very close in the room, with Gianni Infantino's speech going down very well. But we're only at 'G' and 'H' now, so we've got all the way through the alphabet to go!"
GREG DYKE CASTS ENGLAND'S VOTE
FA chairman Greg Dyke has just cast England's vote, expected to be Gianni Infantino, UEFA's candidate. The FA previously confirmed their backing for the Swiss.
ENGLAND PREPARES TO VOTE
We are coming up to the member associations beginning with E in voting round one. Inside the Hallenstadion, England has been told to "prepare to vote", they'll be up in a minute...
FIFA ELECTION LATEST 
Sky Sports News HQ's chief news reporter Kaveh Solhekol brings you the latest on the day that Fifa is to elect a new president to take over from Sepp Blatter.
VOTING ONGOING....
Gianni Infantino, UEFA's candidate and backed by the English FA, gave an impassioned speech along with the other candidates within the last hour. Voting is now well underway at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.
SKY SPORTS NEWS IN ZURICH
Anton Toloui is there for us, as the voting member for each association enters the stage to register their vote electronically.
SEXWALE WITHDRAWS
Tokyo Sexwale, expected to get very few votes in today's election, has sensationally withdrawn, ending a long speech by saying "it's your problem now!"
WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES? 
As the voting begins in Zurich.. Here's a look at the men who are in the running to be Fifa president as they made their final pitches ahead of the vote on Friday.
Votes after round one:
  • Sheikh Salman (Bahrain): 85
  • Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (Jordan): 27
  • Jerome Champagne (France): 7
  • Gianni Infantino (Switzerland): 88
  • Tokyo Sexwale - WITHDRAWN
FIFA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION LIVE! 
Good afternoon! Welcome to the FIFA presidential election live blog. Voting has started in Zurich, so we'll bring you the latest! 
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