Asian Football Confederation Chief Backs Platini To Become FIFA President

shaikh_salman Asian Football Federation Chief’s chances of becoming the new president of FIFA received a boost Thursday when the Asian Confederation chief praised him as “a unique candidate” and urged his member nations to unite behind a single candidate.

AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said Platini “would bring stability and a smooth transition to normality for FIFA in this difficult situation” but stopped short of formally endorsing the Frenchman to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter as head of the corruption-stained world body.

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The AFC backed Blatter in this year’s presidential election despite the fact his challenger Prince Ali bin Hussein came from an AFC member nation; Jordan.

Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon of South Korea has also signaled his intention to stand in the Feb. 26 election.

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