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AFC Chief Continues to Accuse OCA of Buying Votes

  • AP, Monday, April 20, 2009 2:45 PM
Asian soccer Confederation chief Mohamed bin Hammam continues to maintain that officials of the Olympic Council of Asia tried to buy votes for his rival, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Khalifa, in a campaign for a seat on one of the key decision-making bodies in soccer.

The OCA has threatened legal action and denies Bin Hammam's accusations in a statement: "The OCA has completely and absolutely denied the allegations leveled on it with regard to the rumors concerning the AFC elections."

FIFA's ethics commission is now investigating claims by one of its panel members, Les Murray, which corroborate Bin Hammam's allegations. Murray told The Associated Press that he had evidence from a "highly reliable'' source to support the allegation but would not comment further because it was now in the "FIFA domain."

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