While Asian football remains in flux, opportunity knocks for the Premier League
5 April 2019
Sheikh Salman to be re-elected unopposed as AFC president.
Criticism over track record and commercial underperformance.
European leagues capitalise on Asia’s domestic failures and thirst for football.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will this weekend confirm Sheikh Salman as its unopposed presidential candidate, with the Bahraini set to extend his control over world football’s most populous continent to at least a decade.
But the apparent consensus behind Salman’s re-election belies a stagnation that grips Asian football and undermines its commercial development.
A failure to address poorly performing TV rights deals, off the pitch scandal and match-fixing corruption in Salman’s home continent has seen fans continue to flock to the English game.