Bin Hammam to run for FIFA presidency


KUALA LUMPUR, March 18- Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam on Friday confirmed he will challenge 75-year-old Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in June.

Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), said he decided to stand against Blatter, who has been football’s world governing body president for 13 years, after "careful study".

"Today after careful study, consideration… armed with my love for football I have decided to contest in the upcoming FIFA presidential elections scheduled in June 2011," he told reporters at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The 61-year-old Qatari’s stunning success in securing the 2022 World Cup for Qatar provided a stimulus for him to consider football officialdom’s top post.

The FIFA presidential elections take place in Zurich on June 1.