AFC presses FIFA to lift ban on Kuwait

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed Bin Hammam has sent a letter to FIFA urging the temporary lifting of its international ban on Kuwait for political interference.

Bin Hammam told the AFC's website he wanted the ban lifted to "protect the game and footballers in Kuwait" by giving the nine-times Gulf champions the chance to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup.

The 1982 World Cup qualifiers have been suspended twice in the last 15 months as a result of political meddling.