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FIFA board member Worawi Makudi wins disputed Thailand football election case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland - FIFA board member Worawi Makudi's election as Football Association of Thailand president has been verified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS says it dismissed losing candidate Virach Chanpanich's appeal to challenge the October 2013 election result.

Makudi, a 17-year member of FIFA's executive committee and former ally of Mohamed bin Hammam, won 42-24.

CAS says "irregularities alleged by Mr. Chanpanich either did not exist ... or were not supported by evidence."

The court says "a record number of 26 witnesses" were heard at a two-day appeal hearing in March.

Makudi has been FAT president since 2007. His position at FIFA representing the Asian Football Confederation is due for re-election early next year.

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