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Qatar’s guilty verdict delivered

Mohamed bin Hammam has been banned from football “for life” following corruption hearings in Qatar. Hammam, who is a Qatari national, was found guilty of bribery allegations in his campaign to unseat Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA’s governing body. He had been accused of trying to buy votes in the FIFA presidential election with […]

Mohamed bin Hammam has been banned from football “for life” following corruption hearings in Qatar.

Hammam, who is a Qatari national, was found guilty of bribery allegations in his campaign to unseat Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA’s governing body.

He had been accused of trying to buy votes in the FIFA presidential election with $40,000 cash gifts to Caribbean football officials to back his ultimately abandoned challenge to FIFA president Sepp Blatter The verdict was delivered by FIFA’s ethics committee and confirmed by deputy chairman Petrus Damaseb.

Bin Hammam, who had been suspended since 29th May, is the most senior Fifa official convicted of corruption in its 107-year history.

Hammam was also president of the Asian Football Confederation; his former colleague on the confederation Peter Valappan, called him “the architect of bribery and corruption”.

 

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