Musa Bility's appeal to overturn his exclusion from the election process to become the next president of Fifa, football’s global governing body, has been dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Fifa's election monitoring panel in November ruled the Liberian football association president out of the running for the vote following an integrity check, although no specific reason was given for his exclusion. The court said that it would disclose the reasoning behind its decision early this year. Fifa has approved a total of five candidates for the February 26 election.
In other news, Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has delivered its first batch of evidence into alleged corruption in football to US authorities. The Swiss office said that the evidence “relates to bank accounts allegedly used for bribes connected with the grant of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America and the US”.
The FOJ has also frozen $80m (€73m) in assets in 13 bank accounts. “The US authorities can apply to have these assets handed over if they have a legally valid and enforceable seizure ruling from a US court,” the FOJ said.
Records related to defunct sports marketing agency ISL have also been requested.