AFC announces litmus test post-Bin Hammam presidential election

From The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Sat Feb 2 2013, 04:44:03

By James M. Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced an election to replace its banned former head, Mohammed Bin Hammam that will determine the group's sincerity in breaking with the past by acting on recommendations for reform and ensuring good governance.

The election comes against the backdrop of multiple scandals that have rocked soccer's governing bodies. Mr. Bin Hammam was at the center of the scandals. After a bitter battle, he was late last year banned for life by FIFA, world football's governing authority, on charges of mismanagement of the AFC's finances and "repeated violations" of the FIFA Code of Ethics related to conflict of interest.

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