SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) The head of South American football says that simply electing a new president will not dig FIFA out of the worst crisis in its 111-year history.

In an exclusive interview Saturday with The Associated Press, Juan Angel Napout, president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL, says ''I don't think that any candidate or situation can change everything.''

Seven men are running to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president with the election set for Feb. 26.

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FIFA has been in constant turmoil since May when American officials unsealed an indictment revealing decades or corruption linked to FIFA and its regional soccer bodies.

The indictments and arrests were followed several days later by Blatter's resignation. He has since been suspended from his post pending an investigation by FIFA's ethics committee.