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FOOTBALL: FIFA approves five candidates for presidency

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
This combo of file photo shows, from left, Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale, Jerome Champagne and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, wgi are the five declared candidates that FIFA announced today.

Liberia's Musa Bility has been ruled out as a candidate for the FIFA presidency following integrity checks.

Football's world governing body has approved five of the presidential candidates, with suspended UEFA boss Michel Platini also not included.

However, the Frenchman could be added should his ban end before February's election.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale have been approved.

Bility, the 48-year-old president of the Liberian Football Association, was given a six-month ban from all football activities in 2013 for using confidential documents from African football's governing body in a legal challenge against Issa Hayatou.

He was involved in a fight against the Confederation of African Football's rule changes that effectively allowed president Issa Hayatou to be re-elected unopposed in March.