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World Cup Qualifying - AFC

AFC General Secretary Alex Soosay suspended over corruption allegations

Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay has been suspended pending a corruption enquiry.

The Asian Football Confederation says that deputy general secretary Windsor John has replaced suspended general secretary Alex Soosay while the governing body investigates corruption allegations.

Soosay is accused of asking another official to hide documents during a review of AFC practices under disgraced former president Mohamed bin Hammam three years ago.

The claims were made last week by a Malaysian newspaper, the Malay Mail.

"Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Dato' Alex Soosay...

Asian football body suspends general secretary Alex Soosay

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Asian Football Confederation has suspended general secretary Alex Soosay following allegations he ordered a cover-up during an investigation into the organization in 2012.

In April, local newspaper The Malay Mail claimed it obtained a video from July 2012 that showed AFC financial director Bryan Kuan Wee Hong telling a FIFA investigator that Soosay asked that any incriminating evidence be hidden connecting him to wrongdoing under disgraced former president Mohamed bin...

 By John Duerden

May 29 is D-Day as Indonesian football faces suspension from FIFA

Indonesian national team could miss out on the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign starting in June should FIFA suspend the country on May 29.

For years, Indonesia has been the crazy uncle of Asian football. The football system in the massive archipelago has been dysfunctional for so long that strange seems normal, the bizarre barely remarked upon.

Despite all this, the prospect of the country being suspended by FIFA has made people sit up and take notice. The possibility of a quarter of a billion people having no seat at the football table is very real. At least crazy uncles are still part of the family -- Indonesia risks being cut off.


By ESPN Staff

FIFA to require passports for all players before World Cup qualifiers

GENEVA -- FIFA has tightened player eligibility rules for the World Cup after eight African qualifying matches were defaulted for the 2014 tournament.

FIFA regulations for the 2018 qualifying program now require each player to produce a national passport the day before kickoff to the governing body's match delegate.

"A player without a valid passport shall not be entitled to play," the new rule states. "Identity cards or other supporting official documents shall not be accepted."

The text of rule...