AFC boss calls for re-think on terms

Published Add your comment

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."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:


Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again