Asian chief poised for FIFA bid

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KUALA LUMPUR: The head of Asian football is poised to announce a bid for the FIFA presidency, a source told AFP on Friday, in a move that would dramatically reshape the election race. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa could make a formal announcement as early as Friday and would be a serious contender given his position as the leader of FIFA’s second-largest confederation. A bid by the Bahraini royal would be another major blow to already suspended vice-president Michel Platini, whom he formerly backed for the FIFA job, and his Asian rival Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

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