Sepp Blatter retains support from Asia's sports leaders for fifth term

Friday January 9th, 2015

A number of prominent Asia sports leaders said they will continue to support FIFA president Sepp Blatter as he seeks a fifth term, the Associated Press reports.

FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein announced earlier this week that he will challenge Blatter in this May's presidential election. Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said he will not change his endorsement from Blatter.

"Everybody is aware that during the general assembly in 2013 and 2014, the AFC congress has decided to support Blatter for the fifth term," Al Khalifa said. "All the member associations are committed to that, and from what I heard from them today and the last few days, they will continue to their promise onward."

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Head of the Olympic Council of Asia Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah echoed Al Khalifa's support for Blatter.

"We decided in the (AFC) general assembly to support Blatter. So now Prince Ali has to consider that, and he has to think about this matter a lot," Skeikh Ahmad said.

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Prince Ali, 39, is the leader of the West Asian Football Federation. He called for the investigation into possible corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be published, something Blatter was against.

The presidential election will be held on May 29 in Zurich.

- Paul Palladino

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