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S. Korean football chief to run for FIFA Council position

All Headlines 14:05 April 03, 2016

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- The top South Korean football official has received backing to run for the newly established council member position at the world football's governing body, the sport's national federation here said Sunday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said its president, Chung Mong-gyu, has received unanimous support from all members of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) at its executive committee meeting in Tokyo on March 31 for his candidacy for the FIFA Council member position. Chung is the vice president of the EAFF, which 10 East Asian countries, including North Korea, are listed as members.

As part of its reform measures, FIFA said that its 24-member executive committee will be disbanded and replaced by the 37-seat council in May. The new-look FIFA Council will manage the overall strategic running of the organization, while the general secretariat will be responsible for the operational and commercial actions.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are given seven seats in the FIFA Council. But since the incumbent members of the FIFA Executive Committee will also be members of the Council, only three additional member positions will be created for the AFC. The new council members will be elected by the member associations of the respective region, with a FIFA Review Committee to conduct comprehensive and enhanced integrity checks on them.

Chung needs to finish in the top two at the AFC election because one of the three new spots needs to be given to a female representative. The AFC plans to hold the vote for the position of the new FIFA Council member at its congress in September.

"It is my great honor with deep appreciation to all member associations of the EAFF for giving me unanimous support for the candidacy," Chung said. "I will dedicate my commitment and effort to enhancing the value of football from our region to the globe."

Chung, also chairman of the construction giant Hyundai Development Co., is a veteran sports administrator. He has been at the helm of the KFA since 2013. Previously, he was the commissioner of the K League, the operator of South Korean professional football competitions.

The 54-year-old, who is also a member of the AFC Executive Committee, is a younger cousin of former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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