Friday 21 October 2016

Figo seeks Asian vote

FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo will hope to convince delegates at this week's Asian Football Confederation Congress that a vote for him would boost the region's chances of more places in future World Cup finals.

Figo said before he left for Thursday's congress in the Bahrain capital of Manama that he also wanted more non-Europeans involved in working for FIFA, which should become more of a multi-cultural organisation. The former Portugal international, 42, said in an email exchange that the increased popularity of the sport in Asia and rising standards of play were just two reasons why he wanted to see the World Cup expanded.

"I think the growing popularity and quality of football in the different regions represented within AFC are arguments in favour of opening the debate around expanding the World Cup to 40 or 48 teams."

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