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blatter to attend fifa election

GENEVA — Sepp Blatter expects to attend the world governing body's presidential election Feb. 26 even though his appeal against an eight-year ban is unlikely to be resolved by then.

The suspended president of the body, known as FIFA, "should be present at the congress," Blatter's spokesman, Thomas Renggli, said Friday. Blatter and his lawyers believe FIFA rules mean only a meeting of the 209 member federations that elect a president can formally remove one.

The FIFA ethics committee banned Blatter last month for a range of charges, including conflict of interest in approving $2 million of FIFA money for Michel Platini, an adviser and president of Europe's governing body, in 2011. Platini also was banned for eight years.

The case, which emerged in September, knocked Blatter out of an election race he was favored to win again. Blatter's ban appeal to a FIFA committee is scheduled for Feb. 16.

MORE SOCCER: Manchester United eased the pressure on manager Louis Van Gaal with a 3-1 win over second-tier host Derby in England's FA Cup. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata saw United advance to the fifth round. United is owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs. … The transfer bans imposed on Spain's Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were suspended until the appeals process is finalized, FIFA said. The decision came two weeks after both clubs were banned from registering new players for two transfer windows for breaching rules involving underage players.

ET CETERA

drugs: A prominent sports chiropractor who works for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and has treated Olympic athletes from Canada and Britain is cooperating with Canadian anti-doping officials in the wake of an Al-Jazeera report that explored a network of people who said they have provided performance-enhancing drugs to pro athletes. The chiropractor, Gerry Ramogida, denied to the New York Times that he had was involved with performance-enhancing drugs. He said he learned that some business associates were involved only when Al-Jazeera brought it to his attention.

figure skating: Evgenia Medvedeva, 16, won gold in her debut at the European Championships, leading a Russian sweep of the podium in the women's competition at Bratislava, Slovakia.

olympics: Bulgaria remains banned from weightlifting because of excessive doping after sport's highest court dismissed an appeal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its single judge ruled that International Weightlifting Federation president Tamas Ajan was entitled to exclude Bulgaria from qualifying for this summer's Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after 11 athletes tested positive for anabolic steroids in March. … Iraq beat Qatar to get the last qualifying place for Asian nations in Rio with a 2-1 win in a third-place match at the Asian Under-23 Championship in Doha. The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan as Asia's three teams in the 16-nation tournament. … The International Olympic Committee advised national Olympic committees to follow the World Health Organization's guidance on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of this summer's Games, asserting confidence the event will be safe. Brazil has been hit hard by the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in infants, raising concerns about the outbreak's potential impact on South America's first Olympics in August.

Times wires

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