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Asian soccer body urges support for FIFA candidate Salman

GENEVA (AP) FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman received an endorsement Friday from his executive committee colleagues at the Asian soccer confederation.

Three of the five FIFA candidates claim support from Asian voters, but the AFC said its 24-member executive committee unanimously backed Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family.

"The members of the AFC executive committee passed a resolution urging all member associations to unite behind and support the AFC president Sheikh Salman in his efforts to be elected as the first FIFA president from Asia," the continental soccer body said.