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AFC boss calls for re-think on terms

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Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed bin Hammam believes limiting terms for presidents of governing bodies, including at the head of FIFA, can only be good for the evolution of football.

While bin Hammam, a member of FIFA's executive committee since 1996, has no issues with Sepp Blatter's reign since 1998, the Qatar national believes having one person in such a position for too long could hinder the natural modernisation process and restrict the impact of fresh ideas.

"I want to see a term limit for the presidents of all of the confederations, FIFA included," said bin Hammam, who has held his position since 2002 and at the AFC is subject to a three-term mandate. "The more you stay, the longer you are in power - whether you like it not and no matter who you are - the less evolution there can be."

He added: "Some of the statutes have been inherited, so if the international governing body will insist on a limitation related to the presidencies of the national associations and FIFA, I think that will be a great help."

Bin Hammam continued: "Sepp Blatter actually proposed that some years back, and it was rejected by the executive committee.

"It is not back on the table, but we, as a committee, feel our statutes are quite old and there is a drive to modernise them."

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