October 20, 2015 / 5:58 PM / 2 years ago

FIFA says Swiss court rules against lifting ban on ex-soccer official

FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, September 3, 2015.Kim Hong-Ji/Files

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA said on Tuesday that a Zurich District Court rejected a request from the world soccer body's former vice president to temporarily lift a six-year ban on him.

Chung Mong-Joon had sought to have his ban temporarily lifted so he could campaign to be the organization's president in a vote in February, FIFA said in a statement.

Zurich-based FIFA said the court ruled that there was no indication of a defective procedure on the part of the soccer body's ethics committee in banning the South Korean.

Earlier this month, Chung had described the ban as a "shameful attempt" to punish his open criticism of FIFA, which is mired in the worst corruption scandal in its 111-year history.

FIFA said it was pleased with the court's decision. Chung can still appeal.

Reporting by John Miller

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