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New members of FIFA’s scandal-hit executive committee

In this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, President of The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah speaks during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body, still many candidates want to sit at the high table of soccer’s world governing body, known as the Exco. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is among nine men who formally join the Exco at FIFA’s congress on Friday May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body. Still, many candidates want to sit at soccer’s high table, known as the ExCo.

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Platini: FIFA led by Blatter will always lack credibility

In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015 file photo, FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a general Conmebol congress in Asuncion, Paraguay. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29, 2015 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag, however, dropped out of the race on Thursday May 21, 2015, and switched his support to FIFA vice president Prince Ali. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA lacks credibility while Sepp Blatter is president, according to UEFA leader Michel Platini, saying his former mentor fears the “emptiness” of life after leaving soccer’s world governing body.

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FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter, left, and Swedish UEFA president Lennart Johansson hold a replica of the World Cup trophy in Paris, after Blatter defeated Johansson and was elected FIFA president, the world 's soccer governing body. Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29, 2015 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has been routinely called “scandal-plagued” for much of Sepp Blatter’s 17-year presidential reign.

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Previous FIFA Presidential Elections

FIFA President  Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Blatter said Tuesday he is on a “mission of peace” to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations in hopes of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel from the world governing body. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter would certainly argue that being president of FIFA is the best job in sports. Becoming FIFA president is one of the hardest.

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Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Luis Figo speaks to the media as he launches his FIFA Presidential Campaign manifesto, at Wembley Stadium, London. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag, however, dropped out of the race on Thursday May 21, 2015, and switched his support to FIFA vice president Prince Ali. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

GENEVA (AP) — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.

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