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Mon Jul 25 04:34:05 SAST 2016

Prince Ali slams FIFA election rule 'breach'

AFP | 16 January, 2016 15:06
Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein discusses the FIFA corruption scandal at the National Press Club in Washington December 4, 2015. Prince Ali has denounced on Saturday 16 January 2016 a possible attempt to breach the election rules and called for an investigation.
Image by: GARY CAMERON / REUTERS

FIFA presidential contender Prince Ali bin al Hussein has denounced a possible attempt to breach the election rules and called for an investigation.

"I am concerned that there has been an attempt to breach electoral rules in the FIFA presidential election," the Jordanian prince said in a statement.

"I have written to the FIFA Ad Hoc Electoral Committee informing them of my concerns and asking them to examine the matter."

It comes after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) signed an agreement with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to organise tournaments and programmes for technical development.

The Asian Football Confederation is headed by Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, who is also running for the top job in world football.

"I have always promoted cross-regional understanding," Ali said. "However the timing of this MOU between the AFC and the CAF looks like a blatant attempt to engineer a bloc vote."

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