7 candidates stand for 3 Asian seats on new FIFA Council

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Candidates from China, Iran and Qatar are competing for new seats on FIFA’s ruling council created during anti-corruption reforms.

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The Asian Football Confederation says seven candidates passed integrity checks by FIFA to stand for election by its member federations on Sept. 27 in Goa, India.

Four men competing for two FIFA Council seats are: Zhang Jian of China; Ali Kafashian Naeni of Iran; Saoud Al Mohannadi of Qatar; Zainudin Nordin of Singapore.

Candidates for a women’s seat guaranteed to each of FIFA’s six confederations are: Moya Dodd of Australia; Mahfuza Ahkter of Bangladesh; Han Un Gyong of North Korea.

Dodd has led the promotion of women’s football as a co-opted FIFA executive committee member since 2013.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino chairs a 37-member council meeting on Oct. 13-14 in Zurich.