Musa Bility exclusion from FIFA presidential race upheld

Liberia FA chief has appeal turned down

Musa Bility exclusion from FIFA presidential race upheld

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Musa Bility has had his appeal against his exclusion from the FIFA Presidential race upheld.

In November, the Liberian failed FIFA's eligibility tests for next year's elections.

Bility appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the decision, but they have today dismissed his appeal.

In a statement CAS explained: "The FIFA Ad hoc Electoral Committee noted that Mr Bility had failed to pass the integrity checks carried out by the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, and for this reason, could not be admitted as a candidate for the election for the office of FIFA President to be held on 26 February
2016.

"In appealing to the CAS, Mr Bility sought to overturn the FIFA AEC decision in order to be able to run for the FIFA presidential election in February. At the request of Mr Bility, and with the agreement of FIFA, an expedited procedure was put in place to enable a final decision on the merits to be issued before the end of 2015.

"The Panel of CAS arbitrators in charge of the procedure, Mr Hendrik Willem Kesler (Netherlands), Mr Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda (Zimbabwe) and Mr Bernhard Heusler (Switzerland) held a hearing with the parties on 23 December 2015 and has today issued his decision in which the appeal of Mr Bility is dismissed. The full award, with the grounds for the decision, will be issued in early 2016."

The election is due to go ahead in the spring with five candidates: Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali of Jordan, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman of the Asian Football Confederation and South African Tokyo Sexwale.