FIFA v. Mohamed Bin Hammam Proceedings Begin
After being found guilty of bribery last year and receiving a lifetime ban from FIFA, the Qatari lost all hope of becoming FIFA president. He now and seeks to clear his name before bidding farewell.
The ban was annulled by courts last month after being appealed on the grounds of the prosecution having insufficient evidence. Hammam’s suspension was handed down by the FIFA ethics committee. A provisional ban of 90 days remains in place, but that is still going too far in the eyes of Hammam. He goes on to state, “I promise you I will not quit until I clear my name. I have one aim, one mission. One target and that is to clear my name and then I say goodbye.”
Hammam was found guilty of handing out bribes in the Caribbean during a meeting with FIFA officials in Trinidad. Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner said money totaling 1 million came from Hammam in regard to the bribing of officials. Warner stepped down as Vice President shortly after news of the scandal surfaced.
The Asian Football Confederation, the body which Hammam has presided over, levied a 30-day ban against the man which then spread worldwide shortly after. An audit by Pricewaterhouse Coopers took place following the news. Contract negotiations and AFC bank accounts were closely scrutinized during the process.
The audit revealed $250,000 was also gifted to Jack Warner in 2008 with no reason specified.
It is believed HAmmam was on course to defeat Sepp Blatter in the campaign for the FIFA presidency. However, it has been stated that it seems more likely than not that Hammam was in fact the source of the monetary gifts in question, even though the money may not have been physically present in Trinidad.