FIFA election to proceed after Prince Ali’s appeal fails

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has lost his bid to have Friday’s FIFA presidential election postponed.

The Jordanian had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have the election pushed back as he contended that it was not possible to “ensure that the vote is conducted in secret”.

Prince Ali believes that transparent voting booths are required to ensure that the ban on mobile phones and cameras are enforced, as he believes that those voting will be under pressure to provide evidence of their votes.

However, the 40-year-old’s appeal to CAS was unsuccessful, and the vote to determine Sepp Blatter’s successor will take place as planned on Friday.

“I have done all I can. I regret that the system let us down,” he said.

“It is now imperative that voters abide by the ban on mobile phones and cameras in the voting booth.

“I look forward to Friday’s vote and remain as committed as ever to the goal of reforming FIFA.”

Prince Ali is one of five candidates running in the election. The other names on the ballot are those of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, South African businessman and former government minister Tokyo Sexwale, former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne, and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino.