MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Saudi Arabia increased its influence in global football by winning a seat on FIFA’s ruling council on Wednesday before confirming it as the host country for the 2027 Asian Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo moved to play in the Saudi league last month and there has been long-standing speculation about the possibility of hosting the World Cup in 2030 or 2034. Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Federation, which will host the Asian Cup next January, was also elected to FIFA status for the first time. Sheikh Hamad said he was selected with 40 out of 45 voting federations and Alisehar with 35. His 37-man FIFA Council was chaired by Gianni Infantino, chairman of the board, who sat front row at an election meeting in Bahrain on Wednesday. Election results confirmed Saudi Arabia and Qatar as the center of football politics in Asia, and the AFC president is set to become vacant in 2027. 2013. He is officially the oldest of FIFA’s eight vice-presidents. Missing FIFA seat candidates are China’s Du Zhaocai and South Korea’s Chung Mong-Gyu, descendants of the Hyundai-owned football federation. Amily, who lost her seat in 2019. The candidate hails from Laos and Bangladesh. Later in the meeting it was to be confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the Asian Cup in 2027 was not opposed, India withdrew his bid in December.