Asian Football Confederation

Lebanese referees admit agreeing to fix soccer match for sex in Singapore

Gary Low, the lawyer for the three Lebanese referees accused of accepting free sex, left the court yesterday. Photo: AFP

Three Lebanese referees pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting free sex from a gambling-linked global syndicate in return for agreeing to rig a match. A Singaporean district court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37, for three months.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:27am

Raft of allegations overshadow today's AFC presidential vote

Former president of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed Bin Hammam reacts at a press conference in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Asia's troubled soccer body elects a new leader today after a bitter campaign dominated by claims and counter-claims of outside interference, and even allegations of human rights abuses.

2 May 2013 - 3:28am

Bahraini royal, top AFC candidate, denies persecuting players

Sheikh Salman

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a Bahraini royal and head of the country's football association, made the comments after Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) said players were tortured and abused during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:01am

Sports Digest, March 5, 2013

China's Meng Weiqiang breaks his bat in a World Baseball Classic game. Photo: AP

Hong Kong's windsurfers are scouting locations for a training site in Rio de Janeiro as their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games begin. The windsurfing team are currently taking part in the RS:X World Championships in Buzios, along the coast from the city of Rio, and are using the opportunity to do some research.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:36am

Sports Digest, March 4, 2013

Stacy Lewis kisses her trophy yesterday. Photo: Reuters

China's Zhang Jilong, the acting head of Asian soccer, confirmed he will not run for the AFC presidency in its upcoming election, Xinhua reported. The Asian Football Confederation, which has 47 member associations, has been without a permanent president since Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam was banned for life by Fifa for corruption and bribery.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Caretaker boss Zhang Jilong pulls out of race for AFC presidency

Zhang Jilong, acting president of the Asian Footbal Associations (AFC). Photo: Reuters

China's Zhang Jilong will not contest elections in early May for either the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) presidency, vacated by Mohammed bin Hammam after bribery claims, or the available Fifa executive committee seat.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

Thai football chief Worawi Makudi eyes AFC presidency

Worawi Makudi

Football Association of Thailand chief Worawi Makudi said he would seek to heal the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) if elected leader of the body, which was seeking a replacement for its scandal-hit former boss Mohamed bin Hammam.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:56am

AFC plans presidential vote after Hammam affair

 Asian Football Confederation acting president Zhang Jilong. Photo: AFP

Asian football’s governing body on Thursday said it planned to hold leadership elections next year after a long period of uncertainty following the suspension of its president over bribery claims.

30 Nov 2012 - 10:03am

Sports Digest, November 24, 2012

Zheng Zhi helped Guangzhou Evergrande to domestic glory.

Forte dei Marmi to skip Hong Kong Cup

24 Nov 2012 - 3:06am

Soccer Digest, November 9, 2012

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Relief as Manchester United find their power after cut

9 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

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6 Sep 2012 - 2:37am

Zhang wants to be permanent AFC chief

Acting chief Zhang Jilong emerged from a hush-hush meeting of high-powered Asian Football Confederation (AFC) delegates in Macau on Tuesday to declare he was keen to stay on permanently in the position left vacant by deposed predecessor Mohamed bin Hammam.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

AFC official hopeful HK can take part in elite championship

Professionalism has been the buzzword regularly knocked around during the eight-year reign of Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

Bin Hammam's days numbered after AFC coup

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed bin Hammam looks set to be ousted from his role on the Fifa executive committee after 19 AFC members staged a coup as they openly backed his opponent Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's World Cup qualifier moved to Bali

Hong Kong will have to play East Timor in Bali after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) rejected a proposal to move the World Cup qualifying match to Hong Kong.

Originally, Hong Kong wanted the away leg moved here because of difficulties with travel arrangements. But this compromise will see the match played on neutral territory.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am