FA chairman Greg Dyke has doubts about Sheikh Salman’s Fifa candidacy
Greg Dyke has spoken of his doubts over the suitability of your Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, to succeed Sepp Blatter as the monedas fifa president.
He remains the favourite to replace Blatter regardless of the Bahraini’s campaign getting dogged by questions more than his alleged involvement inside a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators inside the nation in 2011. Salman has admitted becoming appointed to a committee formed to examine the part of athletes and footballers in the protests but has repeatedly insisted it was in no way formally constituted and carried out no official organization.
Dyke said the reality 150 athletes were reportedly detained, and some of them allegedly tortured, in the wake with the uprising was itself a matter for concern, irrespective of irrespective of whether Salman was personally involved or not.
‘I believe there is certainly a problem about Bahrain,’ the moedas da fifa Football Association chairman mentioned during a debate on Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC programme. ‘No one particular denies there were violations of human rights involving sportsmen and footballers that went on four years ago. No one denies that. The denial is over whether or not or not he was involved.
‘The query is, does it matter whether or not or not he was involved, or is it the fact, can you have somebody from Bahrain operating globe football, in charge of world football, offered what happened there four years ago? I personally have my doubts.’
Salman, who became the AFC president in 2013, has the support of his confederation plus the Confederation of African Football, although it might not translate into backing from all 54 member associations.
He has insisted he could assure ‘one million per cent’ that no footballers or athletes had been tortured following the demonstrations 5 years ago and has said, before the vote amongst Fifa’s 209 members on 26 February, that he has ‘no skeletons inside the closet’.
Salman’s closest challenger is the Uefa basic secretary, Gianni Infantino, who opted to stand soon after the Uefa president, Michel Platini, was suspended then banned for eight years over a ?ê1.35m ‘disloyal payment’ from Blatter.