Liberian will run for pres­i­dent of FIFA

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - wire re­ports

Liberia’s soc­cer chief launched a bid Thurs­day to suc­ceed Sepp Blat­ter, pledg­ing to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion and en­sure fans trust FIFA again by be­ing a uni­fy­ing leader who stops power be­ing con­cen­trated at the top.

Liberia Football Assn. Pres­i­dent Musa Bil­ity is the sec­ond can­di­date af­ter for­mer Brazil star Zico to de­clare his in­ter­est in the FIFA pres­i­dency, the elec­tion for which is ex­pected to be held be­tween De­cem­ber and Fe­bru­ary.

Can­di­dates must be nom­i­nated by at least five of the 209 FIFA mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions and pass in­tegrity checks to get on the bal­lot. Bil­ity said he al­ready has a “com­mit­ment from many coun­tries” to en­dorse him.

Clau­dio Pizarro scored in the 72nd minute to lift Peru to a 1-0 vic- tory over 10-man Venezuela in a Copa Amer­ica Group C match at Val­paraiso, Chile, Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Pizarro scored on a left-footed shot that was tipped by Venezuela goal­keeper Alain Baroja but still went in off the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

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