AFC suspends general secretary Alex Soosay

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has suspended general secretary Alex Soosay amid allegations he ordered a cover-up during an investigation into the organization in 2012.

Local newspaper The Malay Mail last month reported it had obtained a video from July 2012 which showed AFC financial director Bryan Kuan Wee Hong telling a FIFA investigator that Soosay had asked for any incriminating evidence potentially connecting him to wrongdoing under disgraced former president Mohamed bin Hamman to be concealed. In a statement on its website, the AFC said: “A video statement conducted as part of a FIFA investigation was passed to media recently, and the AFC has now been able to verify its authenticity.” The AFC said deputy general secretary Windsor John will take over from Soosay in the short term while an investigation is conducted. Bin Hammam resigned in 2011 while under investigation for conflicts of interest and financial mismanagement at the AFC and was later expelled from football by FIFA. In 2012, Pricewaterhouse Coopers conducted an internal audit of the running of the AFC under Bin Hammam and questioned the awarding of TV rights and millions of dollars of payments into AFC accounts “purportedly for the personal use of its president.” Soosay, who became AFC general secretary in 2009, reportedly asked for Kuan’s help during the adit.