Football: Presidential candidate Chung accuses Fifa of ignoring 'election fraud'

South Korean FIFA Honorary Vice President Chung Mong Joon announcing his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential elections in February 2016, to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Aug 17, 2015 in Paris.
South Korean FIFA Honorary Vice President Chung Mong Joon announcing his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential elections in February 2016, to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Aug 17, 2015 in Paris.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL - South Korean Fifa presidential candidate Chung Mong Joon on Friday accused football's governing body of overlooking an "election fraud" favouring rival and front-runner Michel Platini.

Chung claimed last week that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had sent "unsolicited" letters to almost every AFC member association supporting Platini's candidacy.

He urged Fifa's Ad-hoc Electoral Committee to investigate Uefa president Platini and AFC president Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al Khalifa, arguing they were using their status to influence the election process.

But the committee concluded there had been no rule violations, prompting Chung's angry response on Friday.

"We object to this conclusion in the strongest possible terms," he said in a statement, denouncing the committee for conducting a superficial probe.

This is "tantamount to covering up an election fraud," the statement said.

Chung's accusations were based on a form letter the AFC sent to national football federations, expressing support for Platini and addressed to Fifa's secretary-general.