Bin Hammam and AFC future on the line in KL (JMD quoted on AP)

From The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Wed Nov 28 2012, 09:26:08

JOHN DUERDEN, Associated Press

Published 11:34 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A divided Asian Football Confederation gathers for its annual awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday amid an increasingly toxic atmosphere, with suspended chief Mohamed bin Hammam calling those in charge puppets and claiming he has the support of most AFC national associations.

On Thursday, Asian football will laud its player, coach and team of 2012 but beyond the glitter and red carpet will be more intense political maneuvers, as the AFC's decision-making Executive Committee meets to discuss the bin Hammam imbroglio that has now dragged on for 18 months.

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