The head of the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA presidential candidate,Sheikh Salman. (Photo/AFP/Karim Jaafar)

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa's bid to take over as FIFA president received a massive boost on Friday with the Asian football chief getting the powerful backing of the African continent.

FIFA Logo. Image/AFP

The embattled president of world football's governing body FIFA , Sepp Blatter, is pledging to fight an eight-year ban from all football-related activities imposed by the organization’s ethics committee. The three-man FIFA panel applied a similar ban on the Head of European Soccer, Michel Platini.

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