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Sepp Blatter neutral in AFC election race, says FIFA

FIFA has dismissed claims that Sepp Blatter supports Yousuf al-Serkal's bid to be elected Asian Football Confederation president next week.

Associated Press  |  Last updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 16:05 Print font size - +

Zurich:  FIFA has dismissed claims that Sepp Blatter supports Yousuf al-Serkal's bid to be elected Asian Football Confederation president next week.

FIFA says its president is neutral and "has at no time provided his backing to any of the candidates."

Al-Serkal, the United Arab Emirates Football Association president, reportedly told regional media he "definitely" felt he had Blatter's blessing to replace Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar.

Al-Serkal faces Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Hafez Al Medlej of Saudi Arabia and Worawi Makudi, a FIFA executive committee member from Thailand, in a May 2 poll in Kuala Lumpur.

Before meeting Blatter in Zurich last month, Al-Serkal told The Associated Press "if he chooses to announce (support), I will appreciate it. If he chooses not to announce, I will understand."

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Story first published on: Monday, 22 April 2013 15:56

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