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All the member associations are committed to that, and from what I heard from them today and the last few days, they will continue to their promise onward.The 39-year-old Prince Ali, a FIFA vice-president, announced his candidature for the FIFA election earlier this week, before leaving for Australia to attend the Asian Cup. The FIFA election will be held May 29.Sheikh Salman said Prince Ali had not sought the backing of the Asian football authorities before announcing his candidacy.Nobody has consulted us before regarding this nominee, Sheikh Salman said. 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