Sheik Salman elected new president of Asian football

In the election for president, Sheik Salman comprehensively defeated two bin Hammam allies - Yousuf al-Serkal of the United Arab Emirates and Thailand's Worawi Makudi - in a poll of 46 member federations.

updated: May 02, 2013 13:58 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain won a landslide victory to be elected president of the Asian Football Confederation on Thursday, replacing longtime rival Mohamed bin Hammam.

A half hour later, he also won the vote for the vacant seat on FIFA's executive committee, inflicting defeat on Qatar World Cup organizing chief Hassan Al Thawadi, taking 28 votes against 18 for his rival.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggested that Sheik Salman's second victory was required by protocol, rather than a snub for Qatar.

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