Football: AFC fails to elect members into Fifa Council as congress agenda was voted down

FAS president Zainudin Nordin was one of six candidates to contest three seats in the Fifa council.
FAS president Zainudin Nordin was one of six candidates to contest three seats in the Fifa council. PHOTO: ST FILE

PANAJI, INDIA (Reuters) - Asian elections for three seats on the new Fifa Council were called off on Tuesday, after delegates to the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) extraordinary congress in Goa voted down the agenda of the meeting.

Of the 44 members who had voting rights at the meeting, 42 raised a "No" card when AFC president Shaikh Salman Ebrahim Al Khalifa called for the agenda of the meeting to be passed.

World governing body Fifa banned Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association, from the election on Sunday because of an ongoing corruption investigation, leaving six candidates to contest three seats. One of them was Football Association of Singapore president Zainudin Nordin.

Al-Mohannadi, who denies any wrongdoing, was one of the favourites to win a seat on the new body and had cleared the necessary Fifa integrity check.

The Fifa Council has replaced the largely discredited executive committee, under reforms instituted in the wake of the corruption scandal which engulfed football's world governing body over the last 16 months.