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The ad-hoc Electoral Committee of FIFA has announced the list of the five candidates who will be eligible to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter next year, and UEFA President Michel Platini does not figure in that list.

The candidature of Platini may not have been totally rejected as of now, but Liberian FA Chief Musa Bility's candidature has been. The decision has been taken following integrity checks by the football governing body's Ethics Committee.

Platini is currently facing a 90-day suspension, along with Blatter and FIFA General-Secretary Jerome Valcke, handed to them by the FIFA Ethics Committee. It needs to be seen now whether the governing body of world football indeed includes the former French footballer in their list of confirmed candidates.

"The decisions of the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee on the eligibility of candidates may be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne," the statement from FIFA said.

"The committee will continue to supervise the electoral process to ensure that each candidate complies with all applicable FIFA regulations and provisions leading up to and during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in February."

The election for the next FIFA president takes place at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 February, 2016.

List of candidates declared by FIFA to contest for the post of the next FIFA president:

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein

Gianni Infantino

Jerome Champagne

Tokyo Sexwale

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

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