MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The president of the Liberian Football Association says he is appealing against a six-month ban by the Confederation of African Football, indicating the punishment was only because of his opposition to rule changes that helped CAF leader Issa Hayatou gain re-election.

Hassan Bility told the Associated Press on Friday he had appealed against his suspension and a $10,000 fine for his federation soon after it was announced by CAF on Thursday.

Bility says "there is no justification" for the punishment and "it is wrong."

CAF said the sanctions were because Bility used confidential minutes from its executive committee meeting without permission.

Bility said it was because of Liberia's legal challenge against rule changes that limited challenges to CAF president Hayatou in a vote in March.

 

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