SINGAPORE - Asia football chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa congratulated FIFA president Sepp Blatter on his re-election for a fifth term -- a victory the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) played a major role in delivering.
The AFC leadership's staunch support for Blatter was reiterated on the eve of the contest by Al Khalifa's patron, Olympic Council of Asia chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, despite the only other candidate being from Jordan.
With Australia the only public dissenters in the Asian bloc, Blatter duly romped to victory over Prince Ali bin Al Hussein despite the corruption allegations which have again engulfed soccer's world governing body this week.
"On behalf of myself, the AFC and the whole Asian football family, I would like to congratulate Joseph S. Blatter on his re-election as FIFA President," Bahraini Al Khalifa said in a statement on Saturday.
"The AFC has always supported the FIFA President and we are happy to continue working with him and FIFA to further develop Asian and world football into the future."