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Asian body to merge FIFA seat with presidency

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm •  Published: June 9, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Asian Football Confederation has changed election rules to ensure its president will in future also take the continent's FIFA vice presidency.

The vote Monday was a political victory for AFC President Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain over Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, who holds the FIFA seat.

Both four-year mandates are due for re-election next year, potentially in January ahead of the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.

"There was an understanding of the logical side" of the proposal, Sheik Salman told The Associated Press.

Asia's vote makes five of FIFA's six continental confederations who give their elected leader FIFA vice president status. South America's CONMEBOL is the exception.

Prince Ali did not formally challenge the poll of 47 member countries.

"The feeling between all of the members has been an open dialogue. We are an open book," Sheik Salman said.

He was elected AFC president in May 2013 to complete the mandate of Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar, who FIFA had expelled for financial wrongdoing.

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