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May 2, 2015

Soccer -AFC would back any China World Cup bid – Soosay

MANAMA, May 2 (Reuters) – China’s hopes of one day hosting a World Cup would receive the full backing of Asia’s governing body more than 25 years after the idea was first mooted, according to AFC general secretary Alex Soosay.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, the Malaysian administrator also said that the region deserved more spots at the finals and that the image of Asian soccer was recovering after years of suffering under its previous leadership.

May 2, 2015

AFC General Secretary Soosay dismisses ‘cover-up’ claims

MANAMA (Reuters) – Alex Soosay, general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), has told Reuters that “fresh allegations” he ordered documents to be hidden during a corruption probe were nothing new and had been dealt with a long time ago.

Malaysian Soosay said in an interview after the AFC’s Congress in the Bahraini capital that a story in the Malay Mail last Saturday that he tampered with or hid financial documents had been taken out of context.

May 2, 2015

Soccer-AFC General Secretary Soosay dismisses ‘cover-up’ claims

MANAMA, May 2 (Reuters) – Alex Soosay, general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), has told Reuters that “fresh allegations” he ordered documents to be hidden during a corruption probe were nothing new and had been dealt with a long time ago.

Malaysian Soosay said in an interview after the AFC’s Congress in the Bahraini capital that a story in the Malay Mail last Saturday that he tampered with or hid financial documents had been taken out of context.

May 1, 2015

Palestine want Israel out of FIFA: president

MANAMA (Reuters) – Palestine will seek Israel’s expulsion from world soccer’s governing body at this month’s FIFA Congress, FA president Jibril Rajoub has told Reuters.

Last year Rajoub agreed to drop a resolution urging delegates to take sanctions against Israel at FIFA’s Congress in Sao Paulo but he said on Friday he would press ahead with the same proposal in Zurich on May 29.

May 1, 2015

Soccer-Palestine want Israel out of FIFA – president

MANAMA, May 1 (Reuters) – Palestine will seek Israel’s expulsion from world soccer’s governing body at this month’s FIFA Congress, FA president Jibril Rajoub has told Reuters.

Last year Rajoub agreed to drop a resolution urging delegates to take sanctions against Israel at FIFA’s Congress in Sao Paulo but he said on Friday he would press ahead with the same proposal in Zurich on May 29.

Apr 30, 2015

Asia united says Salman but not everyone is happy

MANAMA (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is more united than it has been before but its teams must do better on the field, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain told delegates when he was re-elected as the body’s president on Thursday.

However, not everyone agreed with him at the 26th Asian Congress in the Bahraini capital with delegates from South Korea particularly unhappy at the way an item on the agenda regarding elections to the FIFA executive committee had been organised.

Apr 30, 2015

Soccer–Asia united says Salman but not everyone is happy

MANAMA, April 30 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is more united than it has been before but its teams must do better on the field, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain told delegates when he was re-elected as the body’s president on Thursday.

However, not everyone agreed with him at the 26th Asian Congress in the Bahraini capital with delegates from South Korea particularly unhappy at the way an item on the agenda regarding elections to the FIFA executive committee had been organised.

Apr 30, 2015

Sheikh Ahmad joins FIFA’s top table, Salman re-elected

MANAMA (Reuters) – Political kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait extended his influence further into footba;;on Thursday when he was elected unopposed as one of Asia’s three ordinary representatives on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sheikh Ahmad was the only candidate for a two-year term up for grabs on FIFA’s top table due to tactical manoeuvring by confederation chiefs.

Apr 30, 2015

Soccer-Sheikh Ahmad joins FIFA’s top table, Salman re-elected

MANAMA, April 30 (Reuters) – Political kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait extended his influence further into soccer on Thursday when he was elected unopposed as one of Asia’s three ordinary representatives on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sheikh Ahmad was the only candidate for a two-year term up for grabs on FIFA’s top table due to tactical manoeuvring by confederation chiefs.

Apr 30, 2015

Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters

MANAMA (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the president of the Asian Football Confederation Shaikh Salman of Bahrain for “cleaning up” the confederation in a speech to delegates at the AFC’s congress on Thursday.

Blatter, 79, who is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president in next month’s election, gave an uncharacteristically low-key speech and again used his favourite shipping analogy to describe the progress made by the confederation since former AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned for life two years ago.