Prince Ali wants Friday's FIFA presidential election postponed
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's lawyers have gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to get Friday's FIFA presidential election postponed, with a decision on his request for transparent voting booths expected by Thursday morning.
Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne are the other four candidates vying for the position, which is set to be decided in Zurich this week.
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Prince Ali's request for transparent voting booths to be used were rejected by the election commission at world football's governing body.
"FIFA opposed our request for an accelerated procedure so that these questions could be decided before Feb. 26," the Jordanian prince's Paris lawyers said in a statement to French news agency AFP.
"It was therefore natural that Prince Ali goes to the CAS."
FIFA needs transparency, and that should start with how it elects its next President. https://t.co/1FA15IgCYE- Ali Al Hussein (@AliBinAlHussein) February 22, 2016
CAS released a statement later on Tuesday outlining that a ruling on Prince Ali's appeal will be made no later than Thursday morning.
CAS to rule no later than Thursday morning on Prince Ali's appeal to postpone Friday's FIFA presidential election. pic.twitter.com/HVttIiUSMq- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 23, 2016
Champagne also had a complaint rejected on Tuesday against a decision by the three-member FIFA election panel.
On Monday, he objected after FIFA approved election hall passes for 20 additional UEFA staff and seven from the AFC. Champagne said that gave the confederations an unfair advantage with greater lobbying power.
In a written reply to Champagne seen by The Associated Press, election panel chairman Domenico Scala said the extra accreditations were "perfectly in line with the relevant and consistent FIFA practice" for continental bodies.
Blatter, who had been in charge since 1998, was banned by FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert after Blatter was charged with making a "disloyal payment" of two million Swiss francs (£1.35m) to UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.
Platini, who was the early favourite to succeed Blatter, was also banned for eight years. Both men await the verdicts of their separate appeals to FIFA against their respective bans.
Sheikh Salman, head of the Asian Football Confederation, and Infantino, the general secretary of the Union of European Football Associations, are viewed as the frontrunners.