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May 3, 2015

Soccer-Italy and Spain revive idea of overseas “39th game”

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 3 (Reuters) – Italian and Spanish League clubs could play a regular league match overseas even though the idea proved hugely unpopular with English fans when the Premier League investigated the idea of doing the same thing seven years ago.

A so-called “39th game”, shorthand to describe a regular season match played overseas, is back on the agenda according to AC Milan’s commercial director Japp Kalma and Malaga vice-president Moayad Shatat.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Illegal betting has taken a toll on China, India – Eaton

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 3 (Reuters) – Betting fraud and match-fixing are part of the reason why China and India have achieved little in soccer despite their huge populations, anti-corruption expert Chris Eaton said on Sunday.

Eaton, the executive director of the non-profit-making International Centre for Sports Security, urged governments to take more control of the problem and said the sport was a victim and not the cause of widespread betting fraud.

May 3, 2015

Asia’s lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Ali

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – The way that the Asian Football Confederation allowed FIFA president Sepp Blatter to address its congress while none of the men campaigning to replace him could, showed a typical lack of democracy, one of the candidates said on Sunday.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the head of the Jordan FA and currently Asia’s own vice-president on the FIFA executive committee, directed his criticism at AFC president Shaikh Salman of Bahrain but said apart from UEFA, the other confederations were guilty of the same thing.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Asia’s lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Ali

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 3 (Reuters) – The way that the Asian Football Confederation allowed FIFA president Sepp Blatter to address its congress while none of the men campaigning to replace him could, showed a typical lack of democracy, one of the candidates said on Sunday.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the head of the Jordan FA and currently Asia’s own vice-president on the FIFA executive committee, directed his criticism at AFC president Shaikh Salman of Bahrain but said apart from UEFA, the other confederations were guilty of the same thing.

May 2, 2015

European clubs always welcome in Asia says AFC boss

MANAMA (Reuters) – Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region rather than harming it, Alex Soosay, the general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation, told Reuters.

Last week fans in Malaysia called for a boycott of this month’s tour matches involving Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur because they were nothing more than “circus games” detracting from their own domestic league games.

May 2, 2015

Soccer-European clubs always welcome in Asia says AFC boss

MANAMA, May 2 (Reuters) – Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region rather than harming it, Alex Soosay, the general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation, told Reuters.

Last week fans in Malaysia called for a boycott of this month’s tour matches involving Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur because they were nothing more than “circus games” detracting from their own domestic league games.

May 2, 2015

Soccer-European clubs always welcome in Asia says AFC boss

MANAMA, May 2 (Reuters) – Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region rather than harming it, Alex Soosay, the general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation, told Reuters.

Last week fans in Malaysia called for a boycott of this month’s tour matches involving Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur because they were nothing more than “circus games” detracting from their own domestic league games.

May 2, 2015

AFC would back any China World Cup bid – Soosay

MANAMA (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 football was recovering after years of suffering under its previous leadership.

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.