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Published: 14:23 | 23/2/16

Prince Ali wants FIFA election suspended


Friday's FIFA presidential election could be postponed following a request by candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

The presidential candidate is unhappy with the voting procedure for the election and called for transparent booths to be used to ensure a fair and open election, but his request was blocked by FIFA.

The Jordanian has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with a ruling expected on Thursday.

"We have requested FIFA to set out the conditions of a fair electoral process," a statement from lawyers Szpiner, Toby, Ayela and Semerdjian read.

"Instead of agreeing upon HRH Prince Ali's offer make available to the FIFA the transparent voting booths, we do note that FIFA will simply request voters 'to leave their mobile while going to vote'.

"This request is not sufficient. FIFA remains silent upon the measures to enforce it and sanctions associated with it. Prince Ali has naturally brought the matter to CAS on Monday the 22nd (of February).

"FIFA has objected to our demand for expedited hearing in order for an award to be delivered before February 26th.

"This behaviour bears no rational other than denying any right to a fair and transparent voting process.

"As a consequence, we are now seeking provisional measures before CAS to suspend the coming election on Friday 26th of February."

Prince Ali who is one of five candidates in the running to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of football's world governing body along with South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino.

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