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SBD Global/February 1, 2013/International Football

AFC To Elect New Leader, Other Executive Positions During May Congress

The Asian Football Confederation will elect a new president at "an extraordinary congress" in May, almost 18 months after former head Mohammed Bin Hammam was first suspended by FIFA, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The AFC said that the winner of the May 2 election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will hold the post through '15, "as opposed to the normal four-year term." Nominations for the position opened on Thursday and will close on March 3. UAE FA Head & AFC VP Yousuf Yaqoob Yousuf and acting AFC President Zhang Jilong are "expected to run." The AFC will also hold elections for a FIFA exec committee member position on a four-year term through '17, a female AFC VP and two female AFC exec committee members to serve until '15 (REUTERS, 1/31).

MATCH-FIXING CONFERENCE: The AFC will co-host an INTERPOL conference against match-fixing and corruption in football to be held in Kuala Lumpur Feb. 20-21 for the Asian region. Representatives from AFC member associations, government, betting industry and law enforcement will be invited to attend the event, called "INTERPOL International Conference -- Match Fixing: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game." The conference was organized with support from FIFA, AFC and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (AFC).
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