Look­ing up for Sheikh Sal­man

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AFC pres­i­dent Sheikh Sal­man’s re­elec­tion prospects have bright­ened since he crushed a bid to pre­vent him chang­ing statutes to as­sist his nom­i­na­tion.

As a re­sult, Saudi Ara­bia’s Adel Ez­zat has withdrawn his chal­lenge and been re­placed by an ally in UAE’s Mo­hamed Khal­fan Matar Saeed Al Ro­maithi. That in turn prompted a counter chal­lenge from Qatar’s Saoud Aziz Al Mo­han­nadi.

The most likely out­come is that these two will split the Arab vote and ease Sheikh Sal­man back into the AFC lead­er­ship and FIFA vice-pres­i­dency.

This is handy for Sheikh Sal­man since in­flu­en­tial sup­porter Sheikh Ah­mad bin Fa­had al Sabah from Kuwait is oc­cu­pied in fend­ing off an ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

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