Nakhid loses appeal to enter FIFA election

Berlin - David Nakhid will not be able to stand for FIFA president next year after losing his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Monday in a bid to annul his exclusion from the list of candidates.

Nakhid, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, had his candidacy blocked by the election committee of world governing body FIFA because one of the five federations who nominated him also nominated another candidate.

"In line with the FIFA AEC (Ad Hoc election committee), the CAS Panel found that one member association had issued declarations of support to two candidates, including one for Mr Nakhid, in violation of the applicable FIFA rules," CAS said in a statement.

"As a consequence, those letters of support were disregarded, meaning that David Nakhid had not met the qualifying criterion of obtaining declarations of support from at least five member associations, and accordingly, his candidature could not be validated."

FIFA president Joseph Blatter is to step down and a new president will be elected at an extraordinary congress in Zurich, Switzerland, on February 26, 2016.

Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, Asian confederation chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Frenchman and former FIFA official Jerome Champagne, UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and South African Tokyo Sexwale are confirmed candidates in the election.

UEFA president Michel Platini also hopes to be able to stand once his FIFA suspension expires, as does Liberian federation president Musa Bility who has lodged an appeal with CAS after FIFA blocked his candidacy for unspecified reasons.

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