UAE’s Al-Romaithi announces candidacy to AFC elections

“Football in Asia is failing,” Romaithi told reporters at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. “This power has been abused to the disadvantages of our people.”
Thursday 07/03/2019
UAE sports chief Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi speaks to the media after the launch of his campaign for president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates March 7, 2019. (Reuters)
UAE sports chief Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi speaks to the media after the launch of his campaign for president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates March 7, 2019. (Reuters)

Abu Dhabi’s former police chief Mohammed Khalfan Al-Romaithi announced he was officially running for president of the Asian Football Confederation Thursday, vowing to “make football fair.”

“Football in Asia is failing,” Romaithi told reporters at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“This power has been abused to the disadvantages of our people,” he said.

“Asia deserves better.”

Romaithi, whose campaign slogan is “Make football fair,” promised $2 million in support for each Asian national football federation annually and said he would focus on encouraging women to join the world of football.

The Emirati will run against incumbent Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain and Qatar’s Saud al-Muhannadi in the Asian federation’s April 6 election.