Chung withdraws FIFA bid

Chung Mong-joon has confirmed that he has pulled out of the race to replace Sepp Batter as FIFA president.

The 64-year-old has withdrawn his candidacy bid as a result of the six-year ban that he was slapped with for infringements during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Chung denies the charges and has said that he would be launching an appeal of the ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, following Monday night's deadline for the submission of applications, the South Korean has said that the ban makes it impossible to run for the FIFA presidency.

"Because of the Ethics Committee's unjust sanctions, I will have to miss the October 26 deadline to file my candidacy," Chung said in a statement.

"Even though I can no longer stand for FIFA President, there is much left for me to do. I will continue to work with all those who love football to bring about legitimate changes from within FIFA."

There are eight candidates who will stand in February's election: under-fire UEFA president Michel Platini, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, Liberian FA boss Musa Bility, president of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa,  former FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, former Apartheid-era political prisoner turned businessman Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa, ex-FIFA executive Jerome Champagne and former Trinidad and Tobago international David Nakhid.