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Restore AFC glory, outgoing acting boss tells members

(Reuters) - Asian Football Confederation's outgoing acting president Zhang Jilong has urged AFC members to restore the "health and glory" of the continental governing body grappling with match-fixing scandals and corruption charges. The AFC, which has been without a permanent president since Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned for life by FIFA for corruption and bribery, will elect a new leader during its May 2 election.

Football: Fury over Zhang's shock election pull-out

Chinese football fans expressed fury Saturday over reports that the man once tipped to head the sport's top body in Asia may have been "sacrificed" by Beijing in its drive to dominate the Olympics. China's Zhang Jilong, the current caretaker chief of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and presumed next president, surprisingly pulled out of upcoming leadership elections due in early May, a source told AFP on Thursday. "It was not a decision that I could make," Titan Sports quoted the 61-year-old as saying on Friday.

Football: Caretaker Asian boss steps aside from election

Acting Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Zhang Jilong will step aside from upcoming leadership elections in a bid to bring "unity" to the troubled body, a source told AFP Thursday. "He's not running. He has decided after long and careful thought," said the source close to Zhang. "He doesn't want the AFC to be split for the next two years." The 61-year-old from China took the reins in June 2011 after former president Mohamed bin Hammam was banned from football activities over bribery accusations which he denies.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Football: Acting Asian boss won't contest AFC vote - source

Acting Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Zhang Jilong will step aside from upcoming leadership elections in a bid to bring "unity and solidarity" to the troubled body, a source told AFP Thursday. "He's not running. He has decided after long and careful thought," said the source close to Zhang. "He doesn't want the AFC to be split for the next two years." th/sm

CORRECTED: Football: FIFA calls for strict match-fixing laws

Football authorities vowed to excise the "cancer" of match-fixing, but said Wednesday tougher laws were needed worldwide to protect the bruised integrity of the world's most popular sport. FIFA director of security Ralf Mutschke told a two-day gathering with Interpol that the world governing body's "zero tolerance" for match-fixing needs to be helped by "the right policies for law enforcement and the football community".

Football: FIFA calls for strict match-fixing laws

Football authorities vowed to excise the "cancer" of match-fixing, but said Wednesday tougher laws were needed worldwide to protect the bruised integrity of the world's most popular sport. FIFA director of security Ralk Mutschke told a two-day gathering with Interpol that the world governing body's "zero tolerance" for match-fixing needs to be helped by "the right policies for law enforcement and the football community".

UPDATE 1-Soccer-AFC, INTERPOL begin seminar on match-fixing 'cancer'

(Adds quotes, details) * AFC head labels match-fixing a cancer * FIFA security chief calls for political help KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The 'cancer' of soccer match-fixing is a pandemic which is too big for one organisation to tackle alone, AFC acting president Zhang Jilong warned as the regional body and INTERPOL kicked off a two-day seminar on the issue on Wednesday.
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