LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Asian Football Confederation President Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa says his election dispute with FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein is not personal.
Both positions are due for election next year and Sheik Salman of Bahrain believes the FIFA seat, senior to his own membership of FIFA's board, should rightfully be the AFC leader's.
He proposes changing AFC statutes on June 9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sheik Salman tells The Associated Press: "We have to be, let's say, a sportsman on and off the field and accept it and not be too personal."
Prince Ali of Jordan has written to 46 AFC members expressing surprise that Sheik Salman revived a plan rejected last year.
Then, Sheik Salman was elected to complete the mandate of Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam.