South Korean FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon has accused the football governing body of “forfeiting its duty to ensure the fairness” of elections.
Chung’s accusation comes in response to the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee’s claim that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) did not break any rules or regulations when it encouraged its member organisations to vote for current UEFA president Michel Platini in the upcoming elections.
"We object to this conclusion in the strongest possible terms," Yonhap News Agency reports Chung to have said in a statement in English.
"Even though it has been verified that AFC systematically distributed form letters in support of Mr Platini, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee did not even look into the possibility of a coordination between AFC and Mr Platini, arguing that the committee only has jurisdiction over presidential candidates' activities and thus could not interfere in AFC's activities.
"This is tantamount to voluntarily forfeiting the committee's duty to ensure the fairness of the election for FIFA president.”
The AFC has admitted to sending the letters to its member organisations but also stated that no FIFA guidelines were broken.
Chung says South Korea and Jordan were the only two of the AFC’s 47 member organisations not to receive the letters.
Prince Ali bin Hussein, President of the Jordan Football Association, is also running for presidency of FIFA. The elections will take place on February 26.