Mohamed Bin Hammam Loses His FIFA Bribery Appeal

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The sad saga of the FIFA corruption scandals continues. On 15 September, 2011, after seven hours of deliberations, the FIFA Appeals Committee upheld the life-time ban imposed in July by the FIFA Ethics Committee on the former FIFA Executive Committee member and FIFA Presidential contender, Mohamed bin Hammam.

He is now appealing to CAS against the FIFA decision, which he says was not unexpected. In fact, quite surprisingly, he has admitted - on his website - that he did not put much effort into the Appeal before FIFA, as he was anxious to bring the matter before CAS, where he considers that he will be on an "equal" footing with FIFA!

He has also launched a separate appeal to CAS challenging the decision of FIFA to appoint Zhang Jilong of China as the 'Acting President' of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) - in effect, his replacement - and also to appoint him to the FIFA Executive Committee.

According to bin Hammam's lawyer, Eugene Gulland, these actions by FIFA are contrary to the Constitution of the AFC.

Bin Hammam was banned from all activities relating to football for life - a severe sporting sanction, which may, perhaps, amount to a restraint of trade? - for allegedly paying bribes, totalling around US$ 1 million to officials from Associations belonging to the Caribbean Football Union at a meeting in Trinidad on 10 May, 2011, as part of his bid to win the FIFA Presidency in June, 2011. …