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AFC stands by Blatter

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 28 May 2015

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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has reiterated its support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter while expressing sadness at Wednesday’s events.

Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives were indicted for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.

Blatter was not among those charged, and he is expected to be re-elected as FIFA president on Friday.

The AFC said it was still supporting Blatter, and wants the presidential election to go ahead as planned.

UEFA had called for the vote to be postponed.

“The Asian Football Confederation expresses its disappointment and sadness at Wednesday’s events in Zurich whilst opposing any delay in the FIFA Presidential elections to take place on Friday May 29 in Zurich,” the AFC said in a statement on Thursday.

“The AFC is against any form of corruption in football and fully supports any actions taken by the independent FIFA Ethics Committee where wrongdoing may have occurred, whether such actions affect Asian officials or otherwise.

“The AFC is still undergoing its own process of reform and has taken many concrete steps in the last two years to improve governance in the Confederation, whilst recognising that there is still much work to do.

“Furthermore, the AFC reiterates its decision taken at the AFC Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014, endorsed at subsequent Congresses in Melbourne and Manama in 2015, to support FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.”

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