The Asian Football Confederation announced late on Wednesday that they has suspended General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay after reports emerged that he asked a fellow AFC employee to hide documents during a corruption investigation in 2012.
The allegations first surfaced last month in a report in the Malay Mail claiming Soosay had asked AFC financial director Bryan Kuan Wee Hoong to “protect” him by tampering or hiding documents from the PriceWaterhouse Coopers internal audit that was investigating corruption allegations levelled at former AFC President Mohammad Bin Hammam.
Kuan made the explosive allegations in a video interview with FIFA investigator Michael John Pride, with the AFC able to verify its authenticity in recent days after the Malay Mail handed over a copy of the video.
The video was recorded on July 26, 2012, just five days before the AFC lodged a police report claiming documents – reportedly bank reports and statements linked to payments received by Bin Hammam – were missing from AFC House.
The AFC released a short statement on Wednesday confirming Soosay’s suspension.
“Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay was today suspended by the AFC following media allegations which have recently surfaced concerning a case in 2012.
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.
AFC Deputy General Secretary, Dato’ Windsor John, will take over the role on an ad interim basis whilst an internal investigation is conducted.”
Soosay has worked at AFC since 1995 in various departments and was elevated to Assistant General Secretary in 2006 before taking on the General Secretary’s role in 2008.