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Canadian Soccer Association confirm FIFA Presidential vote

On Friday morning the CSA will cast their vote for the next President of FIFA. Once again it will be a vote against the favourite.

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In the early hours tomorrow FIFA will elect the man to replace Sepp Blatter as their President.  Barring any further disruptions to the process the vote will take place sometime in the early hours of Friday morning with five candidates set to appear on the ballot.

Voters will have to choose between Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Jérôme Champagne, Gianni Infantino, and Tokyo Sexwale. With Salman appearing to be the favourite to come away as the winner.

In the last election, where Blatter still managed to win, the Canadian Soccer Association cast their vote for Prince Ali as he was the only serious option for those looking to vote for someone other than Blatter.  This time the vote is looking like it will be more split and could again take more than one round to be decided.

According to a release from the CSA they will not be voting for Prince Ali a second time but instead will be supporting the candidate from UEFA who replaced the now banned Michel Platini.

Canada Soccer continues to firmly support all efforts to govern the game in a better way and welcomes the adoption and implementation of reforms that are critical to ensuring the future of the sport. The Canada Soccer Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cast their ballot for Gianni Infantino for FIFA President as the best candidate to implement the governance reforms and bring FIFA back to its focus - the sport of football.

The choice of the CSA board to back Infantino is similar to the one that they made to back Prince Ali in the previous election.  If you are not a fan of Salman (and many are not) the logical thing to do is vote for his closest competitor in the hopes of getting any other winner.  With concerns about Salman's human rights record it would make sense for an organization like the CSA to cast a vote about him.

At this point it makes sense for most observers to be very skeptical about this election.  That fact of the matter is that real change is not likely to follow behind any of these candidates as FIFA still has a very long way to go to deal with the problems that have led to numerous arrests.

It would almost go down as a success if this election were to go down without any further drama taking place.  But then again what fun would that be.