The world’s football governing body, FIFA, has rejected a petition by from Former Lone Star Players Association, protesting the candidacy of Musa H. Bility, in the recent elections of the Liberia Football Association.
Bility went unopposed and almost all members of his team secured another four-year term.
The protest letter, signed by President Washington Blay, among others claimed that it was public knowledge of the guilty verdict of tax evasion by a private corporation owned by Bility. However, he said the elections committee qualified him to contest unopposed.
The protest further explained that the private corporation owned by Bility “defrauded the government,” in an unstated amount, “(he was) found guilty by the Tax Court and restitution plan violated,” which the Elections Committee failed to take into account to disqualify him.
However, the protest did not say whether Bility was convicted of any of the alleged crimes against the State.
The letter also claimed that there was an indictment for economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property against Bility, though there was no evidence of conviction that the Elections Committee did not into account to disqualify him.
“Mr. Chairman and members of the elections committee,” the letter said, “I pray your urgent action in this regard and that you, with immediate effect, disqualify Bility.”
In FIFA’s response, Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner said after a thorough analysis of the facts reported in the protest, “we have to inform you that this seems to be an internal matter which does not come under the remit of FIFA authorities.”
“Moreover,” FIFA said, “we must inform you that the aforementioned LFA elective congress was under the observation from a representative of CAF.”
Kattner said, “As a consequence of the above, FIFA is not in a position to intervene in this matter.”
FIFA noted that as a general principle, it corresponds or communicates only with and through its member associations.
The Former Lone Star Soccer Players Association filed the protest with the Elections Committee, under Malcolm Joseph, and copied FIFA and CAF.