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FIFA president Blatter, 3 rivals formally approved as election candidates for May 29 vote

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ZURICH — The FIFA presidential election will officially be a four-candidate campaign.

FIFA says its election oversight panel validated the proposed candidacies of four-term president Sepp Blatter and his three rivals.

PHOTO: FIFA vice president Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after his FIFA presidency campaign launch press conference in a London hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.  Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says the United States was among the national associations to nominate him to stand against Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football. The Jordanian also disclosed he was endorsed by his home federation, Belarus, Malta, England and Georgia.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
FIFA vice president Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after his FIFA presidency campaign launch press conference in a London hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says the United States was among the national associations to nominate him to stand against Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football. The Jordanian also disclosed he was endorsed by his home federation, Belarus, Malta, England and Georgia. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

They are: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal great Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

The election is May 29, with voting by 209 FIFA member federations at their congress in Zurich.

The oversight panel scrutinized the candidates' nomination papers and received integrity checks conducted by the FIFA ethics committee.

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