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Qatar's Bin Hammam banned for life by FIFA

posted 23 Jul 2011, 12:51 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 23 Jul 2011, 12:54 ]
FIFA ethics committee bans Mohamed bin Hammam from soccer-related activity for life; Bin Hammam rejects the findings and plans appeal.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (JULY 23, 2011)  REUTERS -   A FIFA ethics committee decided on Saturday (July 23) to ban the suspended Qatari head of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed Bin Hammam from football-related activity for life after investigating allegations of bribery by the former presidential candidate.

FIFA's ethics committee ended two days of deliberation at the headquarters of soccer's governing body with Namibian judge Petrus Damaseb making a statement about the investigation and reading out a long list of offences of which bin Hamman stood accused.

The investigations centre around a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 10-11 where Bin Hammam was accused of offering cash in exchange for votes in the June 1 presidential election.

Former CONCACAF (Caribbean, North and Central America) president Jack Warner was also suspended for his part in the alleged bribery and both men were provisionally suspended three days before the vote for the FIFA presidency.

Bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy hours before he was banned, leaving the way clear for the incumbent, Sepp Blatter, to be re-elected unopposed. Warner resigned and is not being investigated as he is no longer part of FIFA.

After the announcement, a lawyer for bin Hammam said his client rejected the findings which he said were based on circumstantial evidence, and challenged FIFA to produce a transcript of the proceedings. He will appeal.