Asian football chief announces election manifesto for Zurich top job.
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The head of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed bin Hammam will oppose Sepp Blatter for the presidency of Fifa.
The 61-year-old announced today he will stand in the June 1 elections at a Fifa conference.
The Qatari spent the last few months weighing up the move and deciding if he has enough support within the confederations to stand.
He will try to end Blatter’s 13-year dictatorial reign as head of football.
Hammam outlined his manifesto in his speech and is expected to make sweeping changes after alleged financial scandal have dogged Fifa in recent years.
He wants to replace the Fifa Executive Committee, establish a transparency committee and double the financial assistance given to each member association.
‘After careful study, consultation and consideration, armed with my love and passion for football and believing that football is about fair competition, I have decided to contest the upcoming Fifa Presidency election,” said Bin Hammam.
‘I am glad to say that the AFC Executive Committee encouraged and supported me in my candidacy and I am inviting the member associations, football communities and media to be part of my humble endeavour to make the change that is necessary and needed in Fifa.’
‘I propose UEFA gets four more seats, CAF four more seats, Asia four more seats, CONCACAF three more seats, CONMEBOL one more seat and OFC one more seat,’ he said.
‘A new executive committee will be coming, 40 members plus the president is 41 and it will avoid as much as possible for the privilege of the casting vote going to the president.
‘I will rename the Executive Committee the FIFA Board and will transfer all the duties and the responsibilities of the Executive Committee as it is today to the FIFA Board.’