World sports powerbroker Shaikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah announced his resignation yesterday from the FIFA council, saying he did not want any distractions while fighting corruption allegations. Aside from serving on FIFA’s top body, the Kuwaiti heads the influential Association of National Olympic Committees, the Olympic Council of Asia, and other senior sports administrations posts.
Shaikh Ahmed has been named as a co-conspirator of disgraced Guam football chief Richard Lai, who pleaded guilty in New York this week to receiving nearly $1 million bribes from football officials wanting his help to influence FIFA.
The Kuwaiti denied all wrongdoing on Saturday before deciding to step back from his FIFA post yesterday. “I do not want these allegations to create divisions or distract attention from the upcoming AFC and FIFA Congresses”, he said in an email statement.