Controversial Sheikh romps to AFC presidency (Asian Football Confederation)

May 02, 2013 09:10 AM (Last updated: May 02, 2013 10:19 AM)
By Talek Harris


Newly elected President of Asian Football Confederation Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain speaks during AFC conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Bahrain royal Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa promised a new era of transparency and openness Thursday as he became the leader of scandal-hit Asian football with a landslide election win.

The Sheikh, shrugging off accusations of outside interference and even human rights abuses, won 33 of the 46 votes to become president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), replacing disgraced ex-leader Mohamed bin Hammam.

With Yousef Al Serkal of the UAE and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi gathering just six and seven votes respectively, it was a crushing victory for Sheikh Salman who will now complete bin Hammam’s current term, which finishes in 2015 .

Sheikh Salman had been under fire before the vote over claims that the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) was lobbying on his behalf.

Serkal, an AFC vice president and head of the UAE football association, also said he had “no hard feelings” and would work with Sheikh Salman regardless of any meddling in the vote.

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