The election of FIFA's new president was underway on Friday, after the world football governing body passed a sweeping set of reforms aimed at improving the organization's tarnished reputation. Nathan Frandino reports.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOKYO SEXWALE, FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "I've got a surprise for you. My campaign ends today. And I suspend my participation." And then there were four. The election for president of football's world governing body FIFA began with the surprise withdrawal of Tokyo Sexwale. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOKYO SEXWALE, FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "It's is your problem now." The South African was largely seen as an outsider. His departure opens up the field for Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salmon bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, European football body UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, and Frenchman Jerome Champagne. The election comes months after the suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter for ethics violations and the indictment of dozens of football officials for corruption. But FIFA says it is taking action. Its members voted to pass sweeping reforms intended to make it more transparent, professional and accountable. The reforms include term limits, disclosure of earnings, separation of powers and the creation of an executive board. FIFA's new president will be faced with the task of ensuring these reforms are followed, so the organization's tarnished brand can be rebuilt.