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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.

Sepp Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters
Sepp Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters

FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the president of the Asian Football Confederation Shaikh Salman of Bahrain for "cleaning up" the confederation in a speech to delegates at the AFC`s congress on Thursday.

Don`t hold your breath for Asian World Cup win
Don`t hold your breath for Asian World Cup win

Asian football`s new technical director refused to put a time-frame on the region`s first World Cup win on Wednesday, but said strong domestic leagues were the first step to success.

Figo asks AFC to allow FIFA candidates to address Asia Congress
Figo asks AFC to allow FIFA candidates to address Asia Congress

FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo has written to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) requesting the opportunity to address delegates at their annual Congress on Thursday.

Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne
Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne

When FIFA president Sepp Blatter addresses delegates at the 26th Asian Football Confederation congress on Thursday at least four men watching him are likely to be imagining themselves standing in his shoes in the future.

AFC general secretary accused of hiding evidence
AFC general secretary accused of hiding evidence

The Asian Football Confederation`s general secretary Alex Soosay asked for evidence to be removed prior to a 2012 investigation into corruption at the body, the Malay Mail reported on Saturday, citing video evidence obtained of the probe.

FIFA postpone Pakistan World Cup qualifier
FIFA postpone Pakistan World Cup qualifier

 World football`s governing body FIFA on Monday took the decision to postpone the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Pakistan and Yemen due to be played on Tuesday, a FIFA spokesman told AFP.

Lowly Asian nations on verge of World Cup pay windfall
Lowly Asian nations on verge of World Cup pay windfall

Soccer`s worst international side Bhutan are on the verge of a significant pay windfall if they can reach the second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

UAE beat Iran to win 2019 Asian Cup hosting rights
UAE beat Iran to win 2019 Asian Cup hosting rights

United Arab Emirates were, as expected, named hosts of the 2019 Asian Cup on Monday after beating outsiders Iran to stage the expanded 24-team tournament.

Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency unopposed
Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency unopposed

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is poised to retain his position as head of Asian football for another four years after no-one decided to oppose him at next month`s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections.