AFC President Salman Faces Revolt Amid Bid To Change Election Rules
Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, who has been running Asian football for just less than a year, "faces a revolt from within his own Confederation amid accusations of trying to increase his power base by unconstitutionally changing the statutes," according to Andrew Warshaw of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Salman, who won a landslide victory to become president last May, is "understood to be seeking FIFA backing this week that would allow the next elected AFC chief to automatically also assume the position of FIFA vice-president." Salman admitted that "whoever wins the 2015 AFC Presidential election should probably become FIFA vice-president too." But his critics "are crying foul, accusing him of undermining his own constituents by unilaterally going against their will without the requisite ballot" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 3/18).