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New FIFA museum draws line on Sepp Blatter regime

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FIFA has drawn a line on the Sepp Blatter regime as it prepares to elect his successor as president - in its new museum at least.

The 30million Swiss francs (?21.7m) project was the brainchild of Blatter, the deposed president whose successor will be appointed in Zurich on Friday. The museum opens on Sunday.

Blatter is awaiting the outcome of his appeal against his eight-year ban from football activity for an alleged ?1.3m "disloyal payment" to UEFA chief Michel Platini, who is also awaiting an appeal outcome. Those are expected this week.

But the 79-year-old Swiss does feature in the museum, which is incorporated in a wider 140m Swiss francs (?101m) building project by FIFA, featuring in the main exhibition hall on the roll call of presidents.

It reads 'Joseph S. Blatter, 1998 to 2016' and there is a space reserved alongside for his successor, with five candidates in the running.

Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA deputy secretary general from France, are all vying for the role as head of football's world governing body.

Blatter is also pictured handing over the 2010 World Cup to Spain and features fleetingly in an eight-minute video celebrating the best moments in the history of the tournament, which includes Geoff Hurst's controversial goal at the 1966 World Cup, won by England.

Blatter recently answered questions relating to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which are under criminal investigation, by saying you cannot buy the World Cup. You can purchase your own in the museum shop, where a three-inch replica paperweight costs 90 Swiss francs (?65).

The building is on a 40-year lease and includes 34 apartments, with rents, at market rates, of 3,000 to 8,000 Swiss francs (?2,100 to ?5,700) per month. The higher the flat in the nine-storey building, the larger the rent.

The museum is on the lower floors and costs 24 Swiss francs (?17) for adults and features displays and interactive exhibits, including the opportunity to kick a ball on five skill stations, including a football pin-ball machine.

Whether Prince Ali's transparent voting booths, six of which arrived in Zurich on Wednesday, will join the exhibits in future remains to be seen.

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