FIFA candidate Champagne files complaint against UEFA, Asia

FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, FIFA Presidential candidate Jerome Champagne attends a mini-forum on the future of FIFA at the EU parliament in Brussels. Champagne is one of the five candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA President on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 when soccer's scandal-scarred world body picks a new president after nine months of crisis. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
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ZURICH (AP) FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has made a formal complaint claiming two rivals supported by continental governing bodies have an unfair advantage.

Champagne urged FIFA election monitors to cancel 20 extra passes for ''observers'' from UEFA and seven for the Asian soccer confederation to enter the election hall.

In a letter seen by The Associated Press, he writes that UEFA and the AFC plan ''to swamp the Congress hall with confederation employees able to access'' voters.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and AFC President Sheikh Salman are seen as front-runners in the five-candidate contest.

Champagne, who has run his own campaign, says allowing extra accreditations would ''betray a gross violation of the principle of fairness.''