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Sheikh Salman of Bahrain Wins Election to Head Asian Soccer Body

May 02, 2013

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain was elected president of the Asian Football Confederation and vowed to reform the governing body after several officials were banned.

Sheikh Salman got 33 of the 45 votes cast in the vote today in Kuala Lumpur and his term will last until the next AFC Congress in two years, according to a statement on the governing body’s website. The Bahraini will also join the executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

“We should look carefully at our challenges such as match- fixing, which is a disease,” Sheikh Salman said. “We have zero tolerance to match-fixing and corruption practices and we need to make full use of all our tools to fight this phenomenon. This problem should not only be tackled from the football side only, but also we need good policing and support from the governments.”

The election follows the resignation of former AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam in December. Bin Hammam will never work in soccer again, FIFA said, after an ethics investigation found the Qatari violated its ethics code with alleged conflicts of interest during his time as AFC president and as a member of the FIFA executive committee in 2008-11. Bin Hammam denied wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, FIFA suspended executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka for eight years for an unspecified breach of its ethics code.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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