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Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss

Asian Football Confederation chief praises Platini's candidature for FIFA presidency

Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Michel Platini's chances of becoming the new president of FIFA received a boost Thursday when the Asian Football Confederation chief praised him as "a unique candidate" and urged his member nations to unite behind a single candidate.

AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said Platini "would bring stability and a smooth transition to normality for FIFA in this difficult situation" but stopped short of formally endorsing the Frenchman to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter as head of the corruption-stained world body.

The AFC backed Blatter in this year's presidential election despite the fact his challenger Prince Ali bin Hussein came from an AFC member nation; Jordan.

Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon of South Korea has also signaled his intention to stand in the Feb. 26 election.

Updated : 2021-09-24 17:23 GMT+08:00