Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal filed by Musa Hassan Bility against the FIFA Ad hoc Electoral Committee’s decision of 12 November 2015 (the FIFA AEC Decision) in which his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential election was refused. The CAS has dismissed the appeal and upheld the FIFA AEC Decision.
The FIFA Ad hoc Electoral Committee noted that Mr Bility had failed to pass the integrity checks carried out by the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, and for this reason, could not be admitted as a candidate for the election for the office of FIFA President to be held on 26 February 2016. In appealing to the CAS, Mr. Bility sought to overturn the FIFA AEC decision in order to be able to run for the FIFA presidential election in February. At the request of Mr. Bility, and with the agreement of FIFA, an expedited procedure was put in place to enable a final decision on the merits to be issued before the end of 2015.
The Panel of CAS Arbitrators in charge of the procedure, Mr. Hendrik Willem Kesler (Netherlands), Mr. Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda (Zimbabwe) and Mr. Bernhard Heusler (Switzerland) held a hearing with the parties on 23 December 2015 and has today issued his decision in which the appeal of Mr. Bility is dismissed. The full award, with the grounds for the decision, will be issued in early 2016.
• This media release was originally published by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 31 December 2015. To access the original, please click here.
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