"FIFA will be doomed if Hammam became the president," Velappan told The Associated Press. "It would be very detrimental."
Blatter ally slams Mohamed bin Hammam's FIFA presidency bid
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A former top official of the Asian Football Confederation slammed Mohamed bin Hammam on Monday for challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, saying the organization would be "doomed" if the Qatari wins.
Peter Velappan, a Blatter ally who was the AFC's general secretary from 1978 to 2007, said bin Hammam's pledge to bring "new blood" into the leadership of world football was "the joke of the century."
The Malaysian's comments underscore bitter divisions that could increasingly become public following last week's announcement by bin Hammam, the current AFC president, that he would run to replace the 75-year-old Blatter.
"FIFA will be doomed if Hammam became the president," Velappan told The Associated Press. "It would be very detrimental." ...
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