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CAS rejects Bility's appeal on his FIFA presidency bid

CAS rejects Bility's appeal on his FIFA presidency bid

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) based in Lausanne Switzerland on Thursday rejected Musa Hassan Bility’s appeal against FIFA’s rejection of his candidacy to run in the vote to elect a new head of world football’s governing body.

Bility was barred from entering the race to succeed Sepp Blatter in the election to be held on February 26 after he failed to pass a series of integrity checks.

The “CAS rejected the appeal and supported the decision” of the electoral commission, said in a statement published court Thursday.

Blatter, who is serving a 90-day suspension, has already announced he is stepping down from the presidency he has held since 1998.

“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,” said CAS, a panel of whose arbitrators held a hearing with the parties on December 23.

Blatter, who is serving a 90-day suspension, has already announced he is stepping down from the presidency he has held since 1998.

Running to succeed him are Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, UEFA general-secretary Gianni Infantino, Asian football head Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Jerome Champagne, a former assistant general secretary of FIFA, and South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale.

UEFA president Michel Platini is also hopeful of succeeding Blatter but he too is also currently serving a 90-day ban.

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