October 19 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has elected members of its judicial bodies for the 2023 to 2027 term at an Extraordinary Congress held virtually yesterday.
The posts of Chairpersons, Deputy Chairpersons and Members of the AFC’s judicial bodies – the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee, the AFC Entry Control Body and the AFC Appeal Committee – saw 19 individuals, coming predominantly from the AFC’s East and West zones, elected.
Iranian Jahangir Baglari takes the key position of chair of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics committee, with Shen Rui from China as his deputy chair.
Baglari, a lawyer, is a stalwart of the AFC’s judicial processes having previously been chair of the AFC Appeal Committee in 2017.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa emphasised the importance of good governance within the region in recent years and upholding “the highest ethical standards” as the AFC has built its programmes and competitions.
“These achievements have been built on the valuable contributions of our judicial body members, so even as we elect our new members, we must take a moment to thank all of those who have served Asian football with distinction,” said Salman.
“I have every faith that those elected today will continue to build on their proud legacy. I would like to congratulate them on their appointments, and I am confident that their capabilities and expertise will play an important role in elevating the future of the Asian game.”
The AFC members also approved the Audited Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the year 2022 as well as the Budget for the financial years 2023 and 2024.
With the Hamas-Israel conflict dominating world news, Salman expressed his organisation’s sympathy to families who had lost loved ones and underlined the AFC’s hopes for a peaceful outcome in order to facilitate the swift return of football in Palestine.
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