Bin Hammam is seeking re-election to FIFA’s executive committee but is facing a challenge from Bahrain football boss Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
The Qatari talked of the Koreans leading a plot to ensure
that he lost his seat on the committee.
"Some people have launched a campaign against me,
maybe they don't like me, a man from the desert being at the helm," Bin
Hammam told Qatari television station Al Kass.
"Shaikh Salman is not doing this on his own, he is
doing this at the instruction of others, especially people in the (South)
Korean federation," he said.
After the interview, Bin Hamman sought to play down
comments that he had threatened to “cut off the head” of new KFA chief Cho Chung-yun.
"It is a popular, harmless and widely used Arabic
metaphor," Bin Hammam said. "It means to halt someone's plans or nip
in the bud someone's progress."
This wasn’t good enough for the KFA.
“We strongly denounce what President Bin Hamman said,”
KFA spokesperson Yoo Yong-chol said according to Yonhap.
“ The AFC chief should be a unifying figure but instead he is creating conflict. Bin Hamman needs to
give an explanation about what he said and issue a public apology. We have informed the AFC that this is our position," added Yoo.
Bahrain football officials were also put out.
"Bin Hammam's comments were way out of line," a
high-ranking official, who requested anonymity, told the Gulf Daily News.
are not something a gentleman, especially someone of his high standing, should
be saying in public.
"His accusations of Bahrain accepting funding for
Shaikh Salman's candidacy are also completely not true. Our campaign has not
even started yet, so how can something be funded that's not even there?
"Bin Hammam also should not be attacking these
countries which are football leaders in the continent. Their officials have a
right to their own opinion, and if they believe in Shaikh Salman and support
his candidacy, then he must respect that and allow the countries to vote,
whether they are opposing or backing him."