CAS rejects Liberia appeal against election rules

CAS rejects Liberia appeal against election rules

Published Jan. 7, 2013 1:27 p.m. ET

Sport's top court says Liberia has failed in its appeal against the Confederation of African Football's new election rules, which limit challenges to longtime leader Issa Hayatou.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says on Monday that it has ''terminated the appeals procedure initiated by the Liberian FA'' against CAF's rule change that anyone challenging Hayatou for the presidency has to belong to its executive committee.

CAS says the Liberian association did not comply with the court's regulations while filing its appeal against the rule which the African body adopted in September.

Hayatou's fellow FIFA executive committee member Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast had wanted to defy the rule and stand for CAF president in elections in March. Cameroon's Hayatou has been in charge of African football for 25 years.