FIFA election: Liberia FA boss appeals exclusion from polls

This photo taken on October 8, 2015 in Zurich shows the entrance sign with the logo at the FIFA world headquarters. FIFA's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body. Issa Hiyatou head of the Confederation of African Football, a Blatter ally, was put in charge of the multi-billion dollar body. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

President of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after being excluded as a candidate for the Fifa presidental election slated for February 2016.

Bility was ruled out by Fifa’s Ad-hoc Electoral Committee after failing integrity checks, prompting the The 48-year-old to question the veracity of the integrity checks while also calling on Fifa to share its findings on each presidential candidate with its 209 member associations, rather than keep them in-house.

“I find this decision of Fifa to be unfair, troubling and disappointing. I have appealed to CAS urging that body to act with urgency in the disposition of this matter.

“Should only the inner chambers of Fifa and not the voting federations know about the integrity of individuals into whose hands the future of football is to be placed?” he asked.

“I am open to integrity checks and welcome the process. The only thing I insist on is that it is done the right way and that the decisions made are objective, fair and transparent.

“The ethics probe which resulted to my disqualification is based on information from “tabloid-like” sources that are not considered credible for such an investigation.” Bility said in a statement as quoted on BBC Sports.

Bility went further to add that there are two reasons why Fifa ruled him out of the 26 February elections that seeks to replace suspended President Sepp Blatter.

The first was a Liberian-related issue, while the second came as a result of a six-month suspension handed out to him by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2013.