Seoul: A week that started with Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam refusing to resign despite receiving a life ban from FIFA could end with the continental executive committee making steps towards calling an election to choose his successor.
Bin Hammam wrote to the confederation's 46 member associations on Monday to seek understanding, patience and support as he prepares to appeal against last weekend's decision from FIFA's ethics committee to ban him for life on charges of bribery during his election campaign against Sepp Blatter for the presidency of football's world governing body.
AFC statutes indicate that the office of president can be vacant for one year before a congress must be held to resolve the situation. The next ordinary AFC Congress will be held in 2013. An extraordinary congress can be convened at any time, however, if one-third of member associations or the executive committee calls for it.