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FIFA Presidential Race: Platini, Bility Axed

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FIFA’s electoral committee has approved five of the presidential candidates, with suspended UEFA boss, Michel Platini and Liberian football association Chief, Musa Bility, not included.

Bility, who had been expected to stand at the FIFA presidential election on February 26, had not passed an integrity check and would not be eligible to run in the elections.

Although the reasons for his exclusion have not been made public, the decision can however be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The electoral committee will not carry out integrity checks on UEFA president Michel Platini, who is currently suspended for 90 days pending an ethics committee hearing into a £1.3m payment he received from FIFA in 2011, until the disciplinary process is complete.

The five candidates admitted and declared are, Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Jerome Champagne of France, UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, and former anti-apartheid activist from South Africa, Tokyo Sexwale.

The Ad-hoc electoral committee will continue to supervise the electoral process to ensure that each candidate complies with all applicable FIFA regulations and provisions leading up to and during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in February.