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Fri 18 Mar 2011 12:40 PM

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Qatar's Bin Hammam to challenge for top FIFA role

Asian Football Conference chief announces he will stand against Sepp Blatter for presidency

Qatar's Bin Hammam to challenge for top FIFA role
Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, the head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday he will stand for the role of FIFA president against incumbent Sepp Blatter later this year.

The 61-year-old ended weeks of speculation about a possible bid to head world soccer's governing body by informing reporters of his decision at Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

As president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Bin Hammam spearheaded his native Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

"Today after careful study, consideration... armed with my love for football I have decided to contest in the upcoming FIFA presidential elections scheduled in June 2011," he said.

"The time is right to contest for the FIFA presidency. I have the will to serve people and I always said competition and change is good for any organisations."

Bin Hammam is in his third term as AFC president - having held the job since 2002 - and will provide a first challenge for Blatter since Issa Hayatou failed to usurp the Swiss in 2002.

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harry 9 years ago

Anyone would be better than Blatter, but will Qatar be allowed to buy this one?

Ibrahim A. Idriss 5 years ago

Dear Harry, Qatar Proved its innocence by the highest law court that Qatar is clean . I hope you show some respect to Qatari and Arab Nation. We deserve to host the world cup like any other respected country in this world.
Dear Mr. Mohamed Bin Hammam, I believe in YOU and your capabilities, I know for a fact how much you are competent. So far you proved yourself in many areas of leadership, Daring to officially apply for FIFA HEAD position is a great WIN, at least if you fail, you fail while daring greatly so your soul will not be with those timid and neutral persons who didn’t taste neither winning nor defeat. Wish you the best my GOD be with you.
Ibrahim A. Idriss

MT3 5 years ago

Which highest law court was this proved in? All I'm aware of is a FIFA report, the author of which had to resign before it would reluctantly agree to make a redacted version available which still hasn't seen the light of day. Not aware of any court case. As far as I'm aware that is still to come.

Paul King 5 years ago

Qatar is a fantastic example to the world that if you throw enough money at the right people you can achieve anything!