Statement from AFC Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation has issued the following statement to the Asian Football Business Review:

"We, the members of the AFC Executive Committee, express our deepest concern at the latest developments within FIFA and that involves the AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam.

"We will be following the investigation as it takes its course. We hope the outcome of the investigation will be in the best interests of football in Asia and beyond.

"In light of the decision taken by the FIFA Ethics Committee regarding AFC President Mohammad Bin Hammam, the AFC's most senior Vice-President, Mr Zhang Jilong will be the acting President.

"The AFC will continue its work in promoting and further developing Asian football in the spirit of Asian unity and solidarity."