Football leaders stand by as human rights abuses pile up
Asian football is in a crisis. That’s because the leaders of the sport in Bahrain, Afghanistan and
Iran are not effectively using their positions at the top of the football food chain to carry out
FIFA’s new human rights policy and to stop abuses against players, human rights defenders and women.
These leaders include Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, the FIFA vice-president
who was elevated unopposed on Saturday to another four-year term atop Asian football as president of the powerful Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur.