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UAE rubber-stamped as Asian Cup hosts
UAE rubber-stamped as Asian Cup hosts

The United Arab Emirates were rubber-stamped as hosts for the expanded Asian Cup in 2019 after signing an official agreement with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

AFC secretary general resigns after suspension
AFC secretary general resigns after suspension

 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) secretary general Alex Soosay has tendered his resignation with immediate effect, it was announced on Wednesday.

Under-fire Alex Soosay quits as AFC general secretary
Under-fire Alex Soosay quits as AFC general secretary

Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay, who had been suspended over cover-up claims dating back to the reign of former president Mohammed bin Hammam, resigned with immediate effect on Wednesday, the regional governing body said.

Asia unmoved by reports of possible Sepp Blatter's U-turn
Asia unmoved by reports of possible Sepp Blatter's U-turn

The Asian Football Confederation remains unmoved by reports that Sepp Blatter may seek to stay on as FIFA president despite announcing his intention to resign amid a major corruption scandal.

Asian heavyweights kick off Road to Russia
Asian heavyweights kick off Road to Russia

Asia`s heavyweight nations kick off their World Cup campaigns in some unusual places over the next six days, with a qualification revamp putting the continent`s minnows in line for some painful thrashings.

AFC backs Qatar as host of 2022 football World Cup
AFC backs Qatar as host of 2022 football World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday supported Qatar's right to host the 2022 World Cup despite the ongoing corruption scandal that has engulfed world football's governing body FIFA, amid calls for scrapping the Gulf country's right to host due to an alleged bribe-filled bidding process.

India to host AFC U-16 final
India to host AFC U-16 final

The Asian Football Confederation have officially confirmed India as hosts of the AFC U-16 Finals to be held next year.

SEA Games rocked by match-fixing scandal

 The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was rocked by a match-fixing scandal on Monday when East Timor`s under-23 team manager was suspended from football over alleged bribery and corruption.

FIFA suspends Indonesia over long-running row
FIFA suspends Indonesia over long-running row

FIFA on Saturday suspended Indonesia after the government in Jakarta sought to oust the country`s football association, the latest crisis to hit the sport in Indonesia.

FIFA prepares to vote as Prince Ali bin al-Hussein challenges Sepp Blatter
FIFA prepares to vote as Prince Ali bin al-Hussein challenges Sepp Blatter

The world will be watching as the FIFA presidential election is taking place on Friday amid the crisis it is in after the arrests of top officials involved in bribery and scams.

Sepp Blatter meets heads of six FIFA confederations: Source
Sepp Blatter meets heads of six FIFA confederations: Source

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has met with the heads of FIFA`s six confederations in Zurich on Thursday morning as a vast corruption scandal continues to engulf world football`s governing body, sources confirmed.

Sponsors pile pressure on Sepp Blatter ahead of FIFA vote
Sponsors pile pressure on Sepp Blatter ahead of FIFA vote

Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term.

Calls for Sepp Blatter to quit as global anger builds after FIFA scandal
Calls for Sepp Blatter to quit as global anger builds after FIFA scandal

FIFA`s veteran president Sepp Blatter faced angry demands to resign after US indictments and arrests of top lieutenants engulfed the football supremo in crisis heading into an annual congress Thursday.

Sepp Blatter ally AFC opposes FIFA vote delay
Sepp Blatter ally AFC opposes FIFA vote delay

The Asian Football Confederation, a key ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter with its own recent history of corruption allegations, insisted Thursday that the FIFA congress and presidential election should go ahead as planned.

Victory or bust for Jordan's charming Prince Ali
Victory or bust for Jordan's charming Prince Ali

A quiet, steely, determination runs through Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the Jordanian royal who has brought a breath of fresh air to FIFA politics since he was elected to its executive committee four years ago.

Asia's lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Prince Ali
Asia's lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Prince Ali

The way that the Asian Football Confederation allowed FIFA president Sepp Blatter to address its congress while none of the men campaigning to replace him could, showed a typical lack of democracy, one of the candidates said on Sunday.

AFC would back any China World Cup bid: Alex Soosay
AFC would back any China World Cup bid: Alex Soosay

China`s hopes of one day hosting a World Cup would receive the full backing of Asia`s governing body more than 25 years after the idea was first mooted, according to AFC general secretary Alex Soosay.

Asian body defends congress clampdown
Asian body defends congress clampdown

A top official at Asia`s football body has defended the move to silence a rare protest at this week`s tightly controlled congress in Bahrain.

 AFC official blames `election fever` for documents claim
AFC official blames `election fever` for documents claim

A top Asian football official said he had been deliberately smeared on Friday after he was accused of ordering documents to be hidden during an audit triggered by corruption claims.

Strategic pull-out possible for Blatter rivals
Strategic pull-out possible for Blatter rivals

 FIFA presidential candidates Michael van Praag and Luis Figo yesterday left open the possibility of a strategic withdrawal to unite the vote against runaway leader Sepp Blatter.