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Asian Football Confederation headquarters likely to remain in Malaysia

AFC boss Mohamed Hammam revealed that the headquarters of Asian football's governing body would remain in Kuala Lumpur. After previously threatening to shift headquarters, Hammam has said that there will be a bid to host AFC house for all Asian nations but insisted that it was only so the Malaysian government would formalise their relationship with the AFC.

Hammam also said there would need to be more understanding between the AFC and Malaysian government if the headquarters were to remain in Kuala Lumpur.

"The main reason is not to shift the AFC from Kuala Lumpur or Malaysia," he said.

"The reason is for Malaysia and for all other countries to come up with a memorandum of understanding, a protocol, or agreement to regularise the existence of the AFC and its territories.

"We have not talked about shifting, we have only issued an offer to all the 46 nations to bid for AFC House, including Malaysia.

"We currently exist here, but there is nothing regularising the relationship between the AFC and the government, or the AFC and the national association.

"So this is what has been requested and is required. This is the aim of myself and the executive committee. I have nothing against Malaysia at all. I'd be happy to stay here."

Andrew Slevison
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