Singapore: Asia's football body finally looks ready to turn the page on an era of bribery allegations and intrigue by announcing moves to replace suspended president Mohamed Bin Hammam, insiders said on Friday.
A unanimous decision by the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) executive committee to hold presidential elections next year demonstrates unusual unity, they said, in a body better known for in-fighting.
"Even his (bin Hammam's) ardent supporters said they wanted to go ahead... I was pretty surprised," a witness, who did not want to be named, told AFP. "It was the quickest item on the agenda."