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Caretaker Asian boss in shock election pull-out

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Asia's caretaker football chief and presumed next president has pulled out of upcoming leadership elections, a source told AFP Thursday, in a shock move which threatens further turmoil at the troubled body. 

Asia's caretaker football chief Zhang Jilong answers questions during an interview at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, on June 14, 2011. Zhang will step aside from upcoming leadership elections in a bid to bring "unity and solidarity" to the troubled body, a source has told AFP.

China's Zhang Jilong will not contest elections in early May for either the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) presidency, vacated by Mohamed bin Hammam after bribery claims, or the available FIFA executive committee seat.

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