Soccer Jan 22, 2020

AFC holds firm in face of Champions League boycott by Iran

Despite threats of an Iranian boycott of its flagship club competition, the Asian Football Confederation has confirmed that Champions League matches involving Shahr Khodro and Esteghlal have been moved to neutral venues because of security concerns. The AFC released a statement Wednesday saying it had ...

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Soccer Jan 19, 2020

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Iran on Sunday accused Asian soccer's governing body of bias for a proposed ban on it hosting club matches, after a spate of security incidents including the downing of an airliner. "It appears that the decision of your Competitions Committee was influenced by foreign media ...

Iran's soccer federation objects Asian Champions League hosting ban

Soccer Jan 18, 2020

Iran's soccer federation objects Asian Champions League hosting ban

Iran's soccer federation said Friday it has been banned from hosting international matches inside the country. The "federation received a letter today from the Asian Football Confederation... announcing the decision to hold AFC Champions League matches hosted by Iranian teams in neutral countries," said a ...

Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council

Soccer Apr 6, 2019

Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima was re-elected to the FIFA Council on Saturday by the Asian Football Confederation. Tashima was one of the seven candidates up for election by the AFC Congress for five of its six seats on the FIFA council. The 61-year-old Tashima ...

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Soccer Mar 11, 2019

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Mohammed Khalfan Al-Romaithi, a candidate for the Asian Football Confederation presidency, said Monday he supports an expanded 48-team field for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Speaking to Kyodo News in Tokyo, Al-Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates said that if he wins the April ...

Makoto Hasebe voted AFC's top Asian international player

Soccer Nov 29, 2018

Makoto Hasebe voted AFC's top Asian international player

Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe was named Asian International Player of the Year on Wednesday at the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards in Muscat. Hasebe, currently with German first-division side Eintracht Frankfurt, skippered the only Asian team to reach the knockout stage this year in ...

Soccer Nov 28, 2018

Japan backs incumbent in Asian confederation election

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima on Wednesday threw his support behind Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa's bid for re-election as Asian Football Confederation president. Tashima praised Sheikh Salman's success in developing Asian soccer "both on and off the pitch" and for promoting commercial ...

Soccer Jun 9, 2017

Asian Football Confederation suspends, fines three Jeju United players

The Asian Football Confederation said Friday that three Jeju United players have been suspended and fined over a post-match brawl that marred the South Korean club's Asian Champions League round-of-16, second-leg match against Urawa Reds last month. The AFC's disciplinary committee ordered Cho Yong-hyung to ...

Soccer / J. League Jun 1, 2017

Reds to file protest over Jeju's conduct

The Urawa Reds plan to file a protest to the Asian Football Confederation over Jeju United players' aggressive behavior in a post-match brawl at Saitama Stadium, the J. League team said on Thursday. The Reds claimed a 3-0 extra-time victory over Jeju Wednesday night to ...