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7 candidates stand for 3 Asian seats on new FIFA Council

FIFA President Gianni Infantino Visits South Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: Gianni Infantino, FIFA President(right in the center), Chung Mong Gyu, KFA President(left in the center) take a group photo at a press conference with delegates on April 27, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. President Gianni held meetings with FIFA Partners Hyundai Motor Group, and with the Korean Football Association ahead of next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Candidates from China, Iran and Qatar are competing for new seats on FIFA’s ruling council created during anti-corruption reforms.

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The Asian Football Confederation says seven candidates passed integrity checks by FIFA to stand for election by its member federations on Sept. 27 in Goa, India.

Four men competing for two FIFA Council seats are: Zhang Jian of China; Ali Kafashian Naeni of Iran; Saoud Al Mohannadi of Qatar; Zainudin Nordin of Singapore.

Candidates for a women’s seat guaranteed to each of FIFA’s six confederations are: Moya Dodd of Australia; Mahfuza Ahkter of Bangladesh; Han Un Gyong of North Korea.

Dodd has led the promotion of women’s football as a co-opted FIFA executive committee member since 2013.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino chairs a 37-member council meeting on Oct. 13-14 in Zurich.