China's Zhang formally assumes office as AFC Acting President

The Asian Football Confederation's Senior Vice-President Zhang Jilong formally assumed office as AFC Acting President. In accordance with the AFC Statutes, China’s Zhang took over, provisionally, from AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam, on 29 May 2011, following the decision of the Ethics Committee of the world body, FIFA, to suspend Mr Bin Hammam pending a hearing on corruption charges.

“We are all united and focused on taking Asian football ahead. We have to work together to meet the challenges and ensure that Asian football continues to move forward,” Mr Zhang said in a message to AFC staff.