AFC adopts FIFA election rule, clears Sheikh Ahmad to stand

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The Asian Football Confederation has confirmed a rule for elections to FIFA Council seats, allowing Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait to be a candidate.

The AFC says elections in May for FIFA positions will be "conducted under the terms of the FIFA regulations which allows any member association to nominate a candidate."

That is different from AFC election rules which require that candidates "shall be proposed by his football association."

Kuwait's national soccer body is barred from nominating candidates while suspended by FIFA in a dispute over government interference. Sheikh Ahmad has continued his FIFA duties as an individual.

The AFC previously said the seat held by Sheikh Ahmad would be for another two-year mandate rather than the usual four-year term.