Asian Football Confederation elections set for May

The Asian Football Confederation will hold elections in May for

a new president to replace the scandal-tainted Mohammed bin


Acting president Zhang Jilong announced on Thursday that the AFC

would hold an extraordinary congress in Kuala Lumpur on May 2-3 to

elect a president.

Bin Hammam, who became AFC president in 2002, was found guilty

of vote-buying during his challenge against FIFA president Sepp

Blatter in 2011 and FIFA’s ethics committee suspended him from all

soccer activity for life.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned that ban last

July, but bin Hammam remained under provisional bans by both FIFA

and AFC as investigations continued into allegations of financial

irregularities during his tenure. He resigned from soccer on Dec.

17 and was again banned for life by FIFA.