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Sepp Blatter could be replaced by one of these three candidates

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With social media still trembling from the aftershock of Sepp Blatter's resignation, the next few days are likely to be filled with cheering and recriminations for the autocratic Swiss at the top of world football.

He has reigned from his isolated Zurich office for just shy of 17 years, spouting his out-of-touch and irrelevant homilies on the state of, and his plans for, the future of modern football.

Given the seemingly endless reports of corruption, vote-buying, illicit payments and underhand tactics of both FIFA and its continental subsidiaries it seemed logical, but still unexpected, that Blatter would fall on his sword this week and resign.

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However despite continuing investigations and indictments of many of Blatter's cronies, including former FIFA vice-presidents Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb as well as former CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz, in relation to corruption charges, Blatter has continued to battle blindly through the carnage.

Even in the face of the US Department of Justice's indictment earlier this week claiming that Blatter and FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke had authorised payment of $10 million from FIFA in 2008 to Jack Warner in order to secure his vote for South Africa as the 2010 FIFA World Cup host. Blatter simply replied "definitely it is not me."

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Perhaps even more incredibly Blatter was sensationally re-elected to his position, for a fifth term, on Friday claiming FIFA now needed "profound re-structuring."

However his departure sees the circus surrounding FIFA enter a new phase, as a leaderless football heads into the summer. Whoever is to succeed Blatter will face directing the footballing world amidst the most difficult and tarnished it has ever been.

We take a look at the possible candidates to take up the hotseat in Zurich.

1. Michel Platini

Current UEFA president, Platini has already emerged as the red-hot favourite to replace Blatter, after today claiming that "(Blatter's resignation) was a difficult decision, a brave decision and the right decision."

Having served as UEFA chief since 2007, now could be Platini's best chance to make the step up to the top job. As a keen advocate of FFP (Financial Fair Play), foreign owner restrictions and homegrown player quotas he has split opinion, his outspoken and radical approach could work in his favour or he could be viewed as too close to the Blatter lineage.

2. Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein

Despite ceding defeat to Blatter in Tuesday's election, Prince Ali continues to hold his place on the FIFA Executive Committee as vice president for FIFA in Asia. He is not short of supporters within FIFA, and has openly welcomed the corruption investigations. He would seen as a progressive and youthful leader focused on changing an outdated and over-bureaucratic organisation.

3. David Gill

Former FIFA vice-president, and arguably the highest ranking FIFA official to speak out against Blatter, stating that he would resign if the Swiss was re-elected.

Gill stuck to his word and resigned following Blatter's victory last week.

He has won a lot of popular support with his outspoken opposition to Blatter, but how well that translates to FIFA delegates is unclear however.

A familiar face to British football fans as the former chief executive of Manchester United he does offer a strong track record and more experience than Prince Ali.

Who should be the next FIFA president? Let us know below!

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