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BC-SOC--Asian Election-Complaint

April 5, 2019
South Korea has complained that Qatar’s candidate for the FIFA Council is getting favorable treatment ahead of this weekend’s Asian elections. The South Korean soccer federation has called for an urgent review by the Asian Football Confederation’s election oversight panel.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — On the eve of Asian soccer elections for the FIFA Council, South Korea complained that Qatar’s candidate has been given favorable treatment.

The South Korean soccer federation told the Asian Football Confederation’s election oversight panel that Qatar offered voters free trips to see games in Doha in the past week.

In a letter to panel chairman Randall Cunliffe dated Friday, seen by The Associated Press, South Korean soccer federation president Chung Mong-Gyu “urgently request(s) you to review this matter.”

South Korea canceled its invitation for voters to visit Seoul last month after Cunliffe intervened.

Chung and Qatari official Saoud Al Mohannadi are among eight candidates to fill five seats on the FIFA Council.

The Asian soccer body says it is reviewing the complaint.

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