Football: Would-be Asian chief in 'whistle-blower' pledge

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Would-be Asian football president Yousuf Al Serkal promised to reveal all his allowances and introduce a "whistle-blower" programme to fight corruption as he released his election manifesto on Monday.

The UAE football association chief, who is standing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) leadership election next month, said greater openness and transparency was vital for the regional body.

"We are at a time when our stakeholders believe that leaders in the game are only in it for themselves - this must change," Al Serkal said in a press statement.

"I want to see an AFC where football is the first and only topic on our agenda and that is why my campaign slogan is 'Football at Heart'."

Asia's football body will elect a new leader at a congress in Kuala Lumpur early next month, after former president Mohamed Hammam was accused of bribery in 2011 and finally stepped down from the post last year.