Reuters, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:45 PM
Tempers are flaring and politics are on full display in the Asian Football Confederation, where Bahrain chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa
has responded forcefully to accusations
that he is organizing an ouster of current AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam
Al Khalifa's campaign marks the first challenge in 14 years to Bin Hammam's West Asian
position in the FIFA Executive Committee. Defeat for Bin Hammam would seriously undermine his Asian presidency, writes Reuters.
Implying that his challenger had been "instructed" to begin
his campaign by other AFC member countries, Bin Hammam threatened to step down as confederation head if he lost his seat on the FIFA panel.
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