Hammam: Just a metaphor
It’s just a “harmless and widely used Arabic metaphor.” Of course. Just ask Muzzammil Hassan.
“SKorea slams AFC chief over ‘beheading’ comment,” from AFP, February 17 (thanks to all who sent this in):
SEOUL (AFP) “” South Korea’s football body has demanded an apology from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Hammam for what it called insulting comments.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said that “if necessary” it would take joint action with other AFC members and file a complaint with world football’s governing body FIFA.
In a recent television interview, the KFA said, Bin Hammam made insulting remarks against KFA chief Cho Jung-Yeon by saying he was ready to “cut Cho’s head off.”
It said the AFC chief had also accused Cho and some other Asian football leaders of supporting the candidacy of Bahrain’s Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa for a seat on FIFA’s executive committee.
Shaikh Salman is expected to challenge Bin Hammam for the seat in May when the Qatari’s term expires.
“We strongly criticise Bin Hammam’s groundless remarks insulting us and other AFC members,” KFA spokesman You Young-Cheul told AFP.
“The KFA wants an explanation and apology from Bin Hammam over his remarks, which are improper as AFC head.”
Bin Hammam has since described his quote regarding Cho as a “harmless and widely used Arabic metaphor” meaning an attempt to thwart someone’s progress….
Yeah, sure, that’s it.