SUNDAY TIMES - Prince Ali seeks FIFA vote suspension
Sunday Times Best of International By AFP, 2016-02-23 11:31:34.0

Prince Ali seeks FIFA vote suspension

Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein arrives at the National Press Club in Washington December 4, 2015.
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Lawyers for Prince Ali bin al Hussein said they have made an official request for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to suspend the FIFA presidential election on Friday because of a dispute over voting arrangements.

The prince, one of five contenders in the FIFA presidential race, had wanted transparent voting booths used at the congress but this was rejected by FIFA's election commission.

"FIFA opposed our request for an accelerated procedure so that these questions could be decided before February 26," the Jordanian prince's Paris lawyers said in a statement.

"It was therefore natural that Prince Ali goes to the CAS."

The statement said an official request was made Monday.