FIFA imposes another corruption life ban on Mohamed Bin Hammam
MOSCOW, December 18 - RAPSI. The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has imposed a life ban on Mohamed Bin Hammam's activities in football, FIFA's press service reported.
In July 2011, the FIFA Ethics Committee has disqualified Bin Hammam for life but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the resolution in July 2012. After that, FIFA initiated another case against Bin Hammam. It became known in December that FIFA obtained new proof of Bin Hammam's involvement in corruption and was determined to seek his life disqualification.
FIFA said the 63-year-old Qatari had resigned from all his positions in football and had been banned for life by FIFA's new adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee.
FIFA said that the ban has nothing to do with allegations of bribery while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency but for "conflicts of interest" while president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
FIFA said in its statement: "Mr. Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organized football again.
This results from a resignation letter of Mr. Bin Hammam addressed to FIFA and AFC dated December 15, 2012.
"In view of the fact that under the new FIFA code of ethics, the FIFA ethics committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the adjudicatory chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life.
"This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.
"That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (conflict of interest) of the FIFA code of ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC president and as member of the FIFA executive committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a lifelong ban from all football-related activity."
In 2011 Bin Hammam, who sought FIFA presidency, was first disqualified after the FIFA Ethics Committee found him guilty of attempted bribery during the FIFA presidential campaign. There was evidence that pointed to bin Hammam handing out $40,000 in cash bribes to officials in each of 24 Caribbean soccer nations in exchange for their votes at FIFA elections.