Asia chiefs call off vote on HQ move

KUALA LUMPUR - Asia's football chiefs on Friday called off a vote on whether to shift the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)'s headquarters away from Kuala Lumpur.

The 46 members of the AFC had been due to vote later on Friday on whether or not to accept bids from other nations to host the regional body.

At the beginning of the annual congress, however, AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam asked members to scratch that issue from the day's agenda.

"Yesterday I met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia (Najib Razak) who has shown great sympathy and concern over keeping our headquarters in Malaysia," the Qatari told the congress.

"He is going to look into this matter himself so I ask you to delete this item," he continued as loud applause broke out among the members.

Malaysia has been home to the AFC since 1965.

Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Singapore had all showed early interest in hosting the AFC headquarters were it to leave Malaysia.