Fifa, AFC throw weight behind FFA
Fifa and Asia's governing body on Friday threw their support behind Football Federation Australia and against a rival football organisation set up by Australian billionaire miner Clive Palmer.
Palmer on Thursday announced he was forming a new independent organisation aimed at holding governing body FFA to account for how it ran the game.
The move came after Palmer's club Gold Coast United was kicked out of the domestic A-League by FFA chief and fellow tycoon Frank Lowy for contravening competition regulations.
Palmer said his organisation, Football Australia, had been registered with the Australian Investment and Securities Commission and was designed to ensure the game operated with "transparency and fairness".
The AFC released a statement from Kuala Lumpur saying it fully supported FFA in its war with Palmer's rival organisation. "The AFC confirms that it recognises only FFA as the official affiliated member association representing Australian football in Asia," the statement said.
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