Indian Super League franchises attract celebrity owners for high octane launch

Sachin TendulkarBy Mark Baber
April 14 - The Indian Super League (ISL) franchises were announced on Sunday and the winning bids include leading celebrities of Indian film and cricket, much to the delight of promoters IMG Reliance. Even cricket legend and indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar (pictured) got in on the act. Local media and football officials have described the move variously as a big leap forward for Indian football, or marking its doom.

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Vietnamese club owner says players fixed ACL game

Vissai Ninh BinhApril 14 - Asian football has been rocked by yet another match-fixing scandal, this time involving 11 players of the high-flying Vissai Ninh Binh club.

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Eight Indian Super League franchises to be announced Sunday

AIFF headquartersBy Mark Baber
April 11 - The ongoing saga of the much-hyped Indian Super League (ISL) begins a new chapter on Sunday as the eight franchises for the new tournament will be unveiled. The organisers including IMG-Reliance, marketing partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), are seeking to revolutionise football's fortunes in the cricket-mad country, whilst the existing Indian clubs are looking on in trepidation, with calls for FIFA to intervene.

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Hunt for AFC seats on FIFA exco begins with Kohzo declaring candidacy

Tashima KohzoBy Andrew Warshaw
April 11 - A fresh development has emerged in the race for political power within Asian football with the news that Japan's Tashima Kohzo, Vice President and Executive General Secretary of the Japanese FA, has officially announced he is to seek a seat on the FIFA Executive Committee at regional elections next year.

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Ding defense keeps him off the stand in Singaporean match-fixing trial

Eric Ding Si YangApril 9 - Alleged Singaporean match fixer Eric Ding Si Yang, accused of bribing three Lebanese match officials a year ago in return for rigging games, has chosen not to testify at his long-running corruption trial.

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Qatari chief says World Cup is bringing change to a 'football-nuts' region

Hassan Al-Thawadi.1By Andrew Warshaw
April 7 - The head of Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising team says his country is "committed to positive change" despite the latest outpouring of adverse publicity over the treatment of migrant workers. Hassan Al-Thawadi admits he is "hurt" by the barrage of negative reporting, much of it emanating from the British media, and insists the World Cup will act as a catalyst for doing away with some of Qatar's antiquated laws.

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Salman backtracks on proposal to link AFC presidency to permanent exco seat

Shaikh SalmanBy Andrew Warshaw
March 24 - The head of Asian football has been rebuffed in his attempts within FIFA to gain additional powers of office against the wishes of his members.

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Exclusive: Fury mounts over AFC chief's bid to change election rules

By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent



March 18 - The man who has been running Asian football for just under a year faces a revolt from within his own Confederation amid accusations of trying to increase his power base by unconstitutionally changing the statutes.

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AFC's Sheikh Salman backs Qatar and calls for more World Cup places

Shaikh SalmanBy Andrew Warshaw
March 10 - The head of the Asian Football Confederation says western criticism of Qatar as World Cup hosts is being overplayed and, in some cases, has "crossed the line."

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