Berlin - David Nakhid
will not be able to stand for FIFA president next year after losing his
appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Monday in a bid to annul his
exclusion from the list of candidates.
Nakhid, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, had his candidacy blocked
by the election committee of world governing body FIFA because one of the five
federations who nominated him also nominated another candidate.
"In line with the FIFA AEC (Ad Hoc election committee), the CAS Panel
found that one member association had issued declarations of support to two
candidates, including one for Mr Nakhid, in violation of the applicable FIFA
rules," CAS said in a statement.
"As a consequence, those letters of support were disregarded, meaning that
David Nakhid had not met the qualifying criterion of obtaining declarations of
support from at least five member associations, and accordingly, his
candidature could not be validated."
FIFA president Joseph Blatter is to step down and a new president will be
elected at an extraordinary congress in Zurich, Switzerland, on February 26,
Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, Asian confederation chief Sheikh Salman
Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Frenchman and former FIFA official Jerome
Champagne, UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and South
African Tokyo Sexwale are confirmed candidates in the election.
UEFA president Michel Platini also hopes to be able to stand once his
FIFA suspension expires, as does Liberian federation president Musa Bility who
has lodged an appeal with CAS after FIFA blocked his candidacy for unspecified