Scala to Supervise Integrity Check on FIFA Candidates

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The Daily Observer has gathered that Musa Bility is not worried but happy that the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, established to oversee the election process for the office of the FIFA President, has appointed Domenico Scala as its chairman.

The Liberian football chief is quoted as saying that Scala – a dual Swiss/Italian national, is an upright and intelligent person, who has drawn a wide range of large businesses, senior leadership and multicultural experiences.

The source, who begged anonymity in an exclusive interview, said Bility is confident that Scala would ensure a fair and unmistakable integrity check, and there is no reason not to be happy.

The source further said Bility believes that he would pass the ‘integrity check” because Liberia, under his leadership, has been one of the outstanding countries that presented an annual audited financial documents to the FIFA and is in “good standing with CAF and WAFU.”

The source indicated that Bility declined to discuss his fine and suspension by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and how they would dim his chance over the integrity check.

It may be recalled that CAF fined Liberian Football Association $10,000 and banned Bility for using minutes from a CAF executive committee meeting without permission.

Bility was against Caf’s rule change to the process that effectively allowed president Issa Hayatou to be re-elected unopposed in March.

Bility twice took an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but was unsuccessful.

Prior to his clash with CAF, Bility also opposed FIFA president Sepp Blatter and supported Mohammed Bin Hamman – calling for an end of continuity and a new dawn.

Hamman was banned from the elections for paying members of other nations’ Football Associations to support his FIFA presidential election campaign.

Later, Bility was forgiven and was defeated in the CAF’s executive committee member elections, but many stakeholders said Bility’s unpopularity was because of the “truth” he said to Blatter and Hayatou – “for those who speak the truth always stand alone.”

The source further said Bility’s tax evasion case in Liberia which is still in court wouldn’t also affect his integrity check, arguing that he has not been found guilty.

Recently, Bility reconfirmed his seriousness to contest the FIFA Presidential election, which is scheduled for February 26, 2016.

Bility, like all candidates, needs the written nominations of at least five associations to put his name forward for “integrity check” for the final announcement of the candidates. The deadline is October 26.

Though CAF refused to endorse the candidacy of Bility, he laughed off the rejection and clarified that he did not go to get a unanimous vote.

“I was given an opportunity to explain and lay my platform. That’s why I went and I’m happy I got it,” Bility said.

Bility said even if CAF does not support him after the next and final meeting, he would salute CAF and move on.

UEFA boss Michel Platini and Chung Mong-joon have also expressed interest to join the race.

According to WorldFootball.com, Chung Mong-joon’s FIFA presidential campaign could be over almost as soon as it has begun.

Unconfirmed report suggests that the South Korean billionaire risks a ban of up to 15 years from all football activities because of his ‘persuasive’ efforts in support of his country’s vain bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals.

German ethics chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert is still studying results of the inquiry into the awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The investigation was undertaken by now-departed American attorney Michael Garcia and is being maintained by Swiss lawyer Cornel Borbely.

As it relates to Platini’s campaign, Prince Ali, who stood against Blatter in the last presidential election, said that “football fans and players deserve better,” and Platini would be a bad choice.

Meanwhile, this is the first time for an Ad-hoc Electoral Committee to be set up in FIFA as part of the Electoral Regulations for the FIFA Presidency.

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