• CAS rejects Bility’s appeal over FIFA presidency bid

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    GENEVA: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday 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 in February after he failed to pass a series of integrity checks. CAS said in a statement that it had “dismissed” Bility’s appeal. 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.

    AFP

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