Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Row over plan to merge Asia's top posts  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 17/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Singapore: prince ali bin al hussein has savaged plans to hand his current role as fifa vice-president to asia's football boss in a row which threatens to plunge regional soccer into a fresh round of infighting.

in an open letter the jordanian royal "strongly opposed" the proposal backed by asian football confederation (afc) president shaikh salman bin ebrahim al khalifa which will be put to the vote in june.

"i stand firm by my conviction that all sport... should be free from politics and completely devoid of politicos and self-interest individuals and groups that exploit the sport and all its stakeholders for their own personal gains" prince ali wrote.

four of football's six global confederations combine the role of regional president and fifa vice-president with the afc and south america's conmebol the two exceptions.

bahrain's shaikh salman was elected as permanent replacement for the scandal-tainted mohamed bin hammam last year in a move warmly welcomed by fifa president sepp blatter.

shaikh salman will now seek a change in afc statutes to merge the asian presidency with the fifa vice presidency. he is expected to seek re-election as afc boss next year.

jordan's prince ali 38 was elected as one of the eight fifa vice-presidents to a four-year term in january 2011.

he said the proposal to combine the two roles which would take effect next year was convincingly beaten at the afc congress where shaikh salman was elected last may.

"i am truly surprised that this proposal has resurfaced in the past few months led vigorously by the current afc president" the prince said in his letter released on wednesday.

"it is unfortunate that the direction taken by the afc president and other afc officials is one driven purely by politics instead of focusing our energies and valuable time to improving the game in asia" he added.

no immediate comment was available from shaikh salman but the afc said the proposal will be put to the vote at an extraordinary congress in sao paulo on june 9 ahead of the world cup.

the afc has had internal troubles in recent years after bin hammam was accused of bribery during his 2011 campaign for the fifa presidency and later of financial wrongdoing while in office.

at last year's presidential election shaikh salman shrugged off allegations of human rights violations targeting bahraini pro-democracy supporters to record a landslide win.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 25 2014 - Kuwait's KNPC to increase natural gas capacityMENAFN
(MENAFN) Kuwait National Petroleum Company announced that it will raise its natural gas production capacity to more than two billion cubic feet a day after commissioning a new plant in the country, ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Iraqi Prime Minister Heads to TurkeyQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Iraqi prime minister Haider Abadi began Thursday morning a two-day official visit to Turkey. During the visit, Abadi will hold talks with Turkish officials on means of developing ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Turkey Condemns Deadly Explosion in BaghdadQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Turkey has condemned an explosion in the Iraqi capital Baghdad that killed around 50 people on Wednesday. "We strongly condemn this reprehensible attack that targeted Iraq's ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Saudi projects huge deficit as oil price drop bitesAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi Arabia announced a 2015 budget with a huge deficit Thursday as the world's largest crude exporter begins to feel the impact of its own decision not to shore up oil prices. The ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Abraaj, Kellogg bidding war continues for Egypt's Bisco MisrMENAFN
(MENAFN) The bidding war between UAE's Abraaj and Kellogg Co, the world's largest breakfast cereal maker, continues to intensify to acquire the USD144 million worth Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr as ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Qatar's beIN to buy USD820m stake in Turkish TVMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar's beIN Media Group, which runs beIN Sports, announced it has agreed to pay USD820 million for the acquisition of 53 percent of Turkish pay-TV giant Digiturk, Arabian Business ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Arab region to invest USD356b on power projectsMENAFN
(MENAFN) According to a new study by Kuwaiti-based Arab fund for economic and social development (AFESD), Arab states will need to pay nearly USD356 billion in investments for the construction of ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Summary of Local News ReleasedWednesday - 1-Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) - Trading volume of real estate last week December 14-17 was worth in excess of QR 567 million, the Real Estate Registration and Authentication Department at the Ministry of Justice ...

 Dec 25 2014 - Zionist soldiers gun down Hamas fighterArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) GAZA CITY: Israel launched an airstrike in southern Gaza on Wednesday and killed a Hamas man.Palestinian medical sources said Tayseer Al-Ismary 33 was killed 'as a result of ...

 Dec 25 2014 - 'IS responsible for pilot's safety'Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) AMMAN: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday the first captive taken from the US-led coalition ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help