KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Asian soccer's governing body says it is determined to stamp out corruption amid renewed uncertainty about former president Mohamed bin Hammam's fate.
The Asian Football Confederation says most of its executive committee pledged support Thursday for acting president Zhang Jilong and preventing abuses of power.
Jilong says in a statement that new disciplinary proceedings against Bin Hammam signaled ''there is no place for unethical practices anymore in AFC.''
The AFC this week imposed a 30-day suspension of Bin Hammam following fresh allegations of bribery and mismanagement.
However, Bin Hammam won his case Thursday against a lifetime ban for allegedly bribing voters while challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says FIFA's investigation failed to find conclusive evidence, though CAS isn't convinced Bin Hammam is innocent.