BANGKOK: In a move which has set back the cause of good governance in football by a decade, the Asian Football Confederation has abolished term limits for its president and executive committee members.

The AFC had introduced term limits almost a decade ago in the wave of revulsion across the world game at self-serving nd self-enriching behaviour exposed by the FIFAGATE scandal.

Now the AFC has become the first region to head back towards the bad old days and it is highly likely that FIFA, under Gianni Infantino, will seek to follow.

Only Australia and Jordan voted against the motion to wipe out restrictions for office-bearers of three terms of four years.

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, bizarrely sought to cloak the changes to the statutes as “incredible strides in the area of good governance.”

He added: “Our commitment to good governance is a lifelong pursuit and I want to assure you that we will never take our position for granted.

“These strong foundations and unity have paved the way for us to deliver our best ever AFC Asian Cup in Qatar and the new club reforms that are set to be introduced later this year, which will revolutionise the Asian club game in the next decade.

“The formation of the AFC Reform Taskforce for the 2023 to 2027 term earlier this year is another clear signal of our intent to ensure that we remain a model confederation that continues to uphold the highest ethical standards and best governance practices for the future generations of our great game.”