Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has requested that the Fifa presidential election on 26 February be suspended, amid concerns over voting arrangements. The Jordanian Prince had requested the use of transparent voting booths "to safeguard the full transparency of the electoral proceedings". However that request has been rejected by football's world governing body.
The request has come via the lawyers for Prince Ali, who have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have the upcoming vote in Zurich postponed. The 40-year-old sent the cubicles to Switzerland in time for the election but the electoral committee says voters will be forced to hand in cameras and mobile phones removed to ensure they can not document their vote. Fifa regulations say voting is secret.
A statement from Prince Ali's lawyers said: "FIFA opposed our request for an accelerated procedure so that these questions could be decided before February 26. It was therefore natural that Prince Ali goes to the CAS."
The president of the Jordan Football Association is one of five candidates hoping to succeed Sepp Blatter at the summit of world football. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino, South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale and Jérôme Champagne of France are the other candidates.
Each of Fifa's 209 voting members will decide on their preferred candidate in Zurich, with the support attained by Salman and Infantino ahead of the vote confirming their status as front-runners for the role.