FIFA Ethics Review Clears 5 Candidates to Succeed Sepp Blatter, As Musa Bility Rejected

ZURICH — Five of the seven men hoping to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, have passed an internal ethics review and have been formally cleared to run in a February election, the group’s electoral committee announced on Thursday.

The electoral committee rejected the candidacy of Musa Bility of Liberia, “in view of the content of the integrity check report relating to him,” but declined to be more specific, saying it had explained its decision to him privately.

The seventh candidate, Michel Platini of France, the head of the European confederation UEFA, submitted paperwork to enter the race on Oct. 8, only hours before he was provisionally suspended by FIFA amid a corruption investigation by the Swiss authorities.

The chairman of the electoral committee, Domenico Scala, has said he will not consider the candidacy of Mr. Platini, who was once regarded as the favorite to replace Mr. Blatter, or perform an ethics review of him until the suspension is lifted. Mr. Platini has denied any wrongdoing. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON NEW YORK TIMES WEBSITE

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