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FIFA suspends Sudan Football Association

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein wants 'fair' FIFA presidential election

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says he wants Friday's election to go ahead but only if the vote in Zurich is "free, fair and honest."

On Tuesday, Prince Ali's lawyers went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to get this week's presidential election postponed if his requests to ensure the election's integrity are not met.

Prince Ali wants transparent voting booths used in Zurich, with a decision from CAS on his request expected by Thursday morning.

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Prince Ali outlined his concerns in a letter to delegates on Tuesday and has had transparent voting booths sent to Switzerland ahead of the vote.

"The FIFA Presidential election should go ahead as planned but only if it is free, fair and honest," he wrote.

"I want this election to occur as soon as possible, but not at the risk of undermining its integrity. The transparent voting booths are now in Zurich and available for use in Friday's election.

"The eyes of the world are on this election. Everything must be done to ensure that its integrity is intact."

Prince Ali is one of five candidates trying to succeed Sepp Blatter, whose presidency ended on Dec. 21 when he was banned for eight years by FIFA's ethics committee.

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne are the other four candidates vying for the position.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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