Paris - FIFA presidential contender Prince Ali bin al Hussein has called on
the international sport tribunal to suspend Friday's FIFA presidential
election because of the voting arrangements, his lawyers said.
Jordanian prince, one of five contenders, wants transparent voting
booths used at the congress to find a replacement for Sepp Blatter. But
this was rejected by FIFA's election commission.
Paris lawyers said they had gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
(CAS) to get the vote suspended because FIFA would not agree to an
emergency hearing on the voting booths.
"We have registered a new
demand at the CAS asking for the suspension of the election scheduled
for Friday February 26," the lawyers said in a statement.
lawyers, Szpiner, Toby, Ayela and Semerdjian, had already made a request
for a CAS hearing about the booths. But they said FIFA's electoral
chiefs had blocked a CAS hearing before Friday's vote.
opposed our request for an accelerated procedure (at the CAS) so that
these questions could be decided before February 26," the lawyers said.
"It was therefore natural that Prince Ali goes to the CAS."
The statement said the latest official request to CAS was made on Monday.
prince has also paid for transparent voting booths to be sent to Zurich
for the congress to find a replacement for Sepp Blatter.
transparent booth can prove that each voter is following his heart and
conscience and that there are no forced votes, by preventing voters
taking photos of their voting paper to prove that they have followed
voting instructions," Renaud Semerdjian, one of the lawyers, told AFP.
FIFA responded by saying that mobile phones and cameras would be banned in the voting booths so that no photos could be taken.
The prince has been joined by another contender, Jerome Champagne, in complaining about the vote however.
has called on football's world governing body to cancel the
accreditation of UEFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) observers
who he said would be used to lobby support for two rivals.
accused Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, the AFC president, and
Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary, of seeking to "swamp" Friday's
vote with supporters.
Sheikh Salman and Infantino are considered the frontrunners in the FIFA race.
Champagne, like the prince an outsider, said the observers would give an unfair advantage to Sheikh Salman and Infantino.
former FIFA deputy secretary general, said he had found out with
"stupefaction" that AFC and UEFA observers had been accredited "at the
very moment when these two confederations are in their final push in
favour of their respective candidates."
He added that those accredited were mainly members of Sheikh Salman and Infantino's campaign teams.
is clear that this reveals the objective to swamp the Congress hall
with confederation employees able to access the voting FAs and their
delegates," he said in an official complaint to FIFA's electoral
He called on the committee to cancel "these unfair and
undue privileges" and warned of other action if there was no response in