Asian officials seek vote for new leader

Updated: July 26, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- The Asian Football Confederation should hold a presidential election in the wake of the life ban imposed on Mohamed bin Hammam over bribery allegations, Japan Football Association president Junji Ogura said.

The call came as Prince Ali Al Hussein of Jordan said while bin Hammam had the right to appeal, the process should not be allowed to drag on.

China's Zhang Jilong has been the interim AFC president since bin Hammam was suspended last month. FIFA imposed a life ban on bin Hammam at the weekend. But the Qatari official has said he has no intention of quitting as AFC chief and urged Asian members to be patient during his appeal.

The AFC executive committee will meet Friday to discuss the issue.

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