'Australia's AFC membership must be revoked' http://www.iransportspress.com/?c=118&a=3905 An Arab backlash against Australia's inclusion in the Asian soccer confederation continued yesterday, with the head of Kuwait's Olympic Committee saying the membership should be revoked before qualifying starts for the 2010 World Cup or it will "kill Asian soccer". AP. Shaikh Talah Al Fahd Al Sabah, president of the West Asian Games committee, echoed earlier comments by his brother Shaikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, the president of Olympic Council of Asia. "We are against Australia joining the Asian continent, even in soccer," Shaikh Talah said. "This is the biggest mistake made against Asian soccer. This will kill the ambitions of Asian soccer." Australia was granted membership of the Asian Football Confederation earlier this year after frustrating attempts at getting a direct route to the World Cup through Oceania. Shaikh Talal envisaged no trouble removing Australia from the AFC. "It is natural to be able to change the decision. A general assembly can annul it the way it approved it," he told a news conference at the ongoing Asian Games in Doha. "There are general assemblies that can ask them to leave the way they brought them in. I hope this happens before the World Cup qualifications." Australia, after advancing via Oceania and beating two-time champion Uruguay in an intercontinental playoff for the last spot, reached the second round of the World Cup before losing on a last-minute penalty to eventual champion Italy. The Australians are among the 16 qualifiers for the 2007 Asian Cup, which is being jointly hosted by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. "What are we going to benefit from Australia's soccer team when it plays a game with Asia?" Shaikh Talah said.