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David Nakhid/wired868

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, December 14, 2015 – Former Trinidad and Tobago footballer David Nakhid has lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA.

The CAS dismissed Nakhid’s appeal against the FIFA Ad hoc Electoral Committee’s decision of October 28, 2015 (the FIFA AEC Decision) in which his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential election was refused.

The CAS has dismissed the appeal and upheld the FIFA AEC Decision.

“In its decision of 28 October 2015, the FIFA AEC found that Mr Nakhid had not presented declarations of support from at least five member associations, and for this reason, could not be admitted as a candidate for the election for the office of FIFA President on 26 February 2016,” according to a CAS statement.

In appealing to the CAS on November 13, Nakhid sought the annulment of the challenged decision and an order that his candidacy be reinstated.

But the statement said that in line with the FIFA AEC, the CAS Panel found that one member association had issued declarations of support to two candidates, including one for Nakhid, in violation of the applicable FIFA rules.

“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.”

CAS said that the full award with the grounds will be notified to the parties in a few days.

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