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- Thursday, March 07, 2013 - From Print Edition


BANGKOK: Thailand’s controversial football chief Worawi Makudi said on Wednesday he had no fear that his bid to lead the Asian game would be hurt by past graft allegations — none of which were proven.


Worawi, who will contest the May election for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) presidency, was cleared of allegations of corruption including claims by former English FA chairman Lord Triesman implicating him in a bribery scandal.


“I’ve cleared my name so I’m not afraid,” a defiant Worawi — who is a powerful figure in Asian football — told AFP. “But if people try to bring cases back, I’ll respond very strongly, with legal action.”


“I have a lot of respect for every candidate... I can’t underestimate anybody in this race,” he added.