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FIFA approves 5 names for presidential contention

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Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa officially became a FIFA presidential candidate on Thursday, while Liberia’s Mua Bility has been disqualified after failing an integrity check. This as soccer’s world governing body has announced the candidates for its election slated for February 26, 2016.

Apart from Sheikh Salman, the other candidates are: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, Jerome Champagne of France, Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa.

(From top L) Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali Al Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale. (Photo: AFP)

(From top L) Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali Al Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale. (Photo: AFP)

They are all vying to replace Sepp Blatter, who announced last June that he would step down as president after the organization was besieged by scandals following U.S. and Swiss corruption investigations.

Bility, the federation president of Liberia, was excluded from the list “in view of the content of the integrity check report relating to him,” according to the statement released by FIFA.

“For reasons of protection of personality rights, the ad-hoc electoral committee — while it has explained its considerations in detail to Musa Bility — will not comment publicly on the specifics of its decision,” the statement said.

FIFA said it has already privately explained the reasons for disqualification to Bility, but it would not make the specifics public.

Michel Platini has not yet made the list but is being considered to be the sixth candidate.

Platini is currently serving a 90-day suspension imposed by the FIFA ethics committee, which aims to have a full hearing by the end of the year. The former France captain has been implicated in a Swiss criminal investigation over a $2-million payment from FIFA approved by Blatter in 2011. Blatter is also suspended from presidential duty and awaiting the ethics investigation.

The decisions of the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee on the eligibility of candidates may be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

 

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