Asian Confed warns big clubs over exploitation

The Asian Football Confederation has warned European clubs to stop exploiting Asian markets for financial gain. AFC officials want to vet applications for lucrative pre-season tours to Asia in future, instead of clubs going through national associations or agents.

"We are very concerned about European teams coming to Asia and leaving after collecting their money," AFC president Mohamed bin Hammam told Reuters. "They do nothing to help national associations or leave any kind of legacy behind. Clubs who want to tour Asia in future may have to go through the AFC. This would be our wish."

Mr Hammam backed up comments by FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi, who said tours by European teams were having a damaging effect on Asian leagues.

"They are stars and role models so they have a moral obligation as well as a contractual obligation when they play here," said Hammam. "We are in no way against English or European teams coming to Asia. They can have a very positive effect on Asian football."

See also: Premier League to cooperate with AFC on tours (31 July)
Asia disappointed with many touring clubs ( 31 July)
FIFA: money-spinning tours harm Asian leagues (28 July)