AFC postpone FIFA Council elections

Published September 27th, 2016 - 04:09 GMT
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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Tuesday postponed its election of representatives to the council of the ruling body FIFA.

A vast majority of 42 of the 44 AFC members voted an extraordinary AFC Congress in Goa, India, not to continue with the agenda which included the elections.

The AFC said the congress Tuesday lasted a mere 27 minutes.

The decision to postpone the elections came after one of the candidates, Saoud Al Mohannadi of Qatar, was on Sunday barred by FIFA from taking part in the election by FIFA in connection with an ethics probe.

AFC members reportedly felt there was not sufficient time for new candidates to join three others for two seats on the FIFA council, with a third seat to go to a woman. The three would join three existing AFC representatives on the FIFA council.

"Today the AFC and Asian football has shown solidarity and unity. The message has been clear to everyone both inside and outside Asia," AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said.

"Football in Asia is united and that is down to you - the Members - and I thank you for sending out such a strong message that we stand united."

The AFC executive committee decided to co-opt China'a Zhang Jian to join the FIFA council until the Asian elections can be held, and the AFC will hold talks with FIFA on when another extraordinary congress with the elections can be held.

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