Bility to Challenge FIFA over Rejection

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Liberia football chief Musa Hassan Bility is considering challenging FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over his rejection as a candidate for the FIFA Presidency.

The elections are scheduled on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Switzerland.

Bility told yesterday that his denial was unfair and he is considering his options.

He indicated that he was rejected due to a previous ban from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

It may be recalled Bility was the subject of a six-month ban from CAF due to what was said was the use of confidential documents during his bid to change regulations governing election rules within the organization.

Bility told that he would review the matter with his legal team.

“I have received communication from Fifa’s Electoral Committee and I have been principally rejected because of my ban by CAF in 2013,” he said.

He added “I reject this and think it’s unfortunate. I believe that my decision to fight CAF at the time was a genuine attempt to change African football and prevent rules from being arbitrarily violated.”

“On the merit of the FIFA decision I am awaiting the review by my team of lawyers to determine my next course of action,” Bility said.

FIFA said it would not comment further on Mr. Bility’s issue.

Meanwhile, FIFA has approved five of the presidential candidates, (suspended UEFA boss Michel Platini not included).

The Frenchman could be added should his ban end before February’s election.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale have been approved.

The election is to find a successor to the suspended Sepp Blatter, who is under criminal investigation.

The 79-year-old Swiss announced he would be stepping down in June, with world football’s governing body at the centre of a corruption scandal.

Fifa and Swiss prosecutors are investigating a £1.35m “gentleman’s agreement” payment made in 2011 for work Platini did as Blatter’s adviser nine years earlier.

Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing against their 90-day bans.

Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing against their 90-day bans.


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