Bin Hammam faces verdict in FIFA bribery case

AP, Saturday 23 Jul 2011

Suspended FIFA executive Mohamed bin Hammam faces a lifetime ban from football on Saturday, if football’s governing body decides he tried to bribe his way to the presidency.

Mohamed bin Hammam

The 62-year-old Qatari said Friday he expects the five-man FIFA ethics panel to find him guilty and indicated he will appeal.

A leaked interim report said the panel found “compelling” evidence that bin Hammam conspired to pay Caribbean officials $40,000 bribes to back his ultimately abandoned challenge to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Bin Hammam has not cooperated with the FIFA probe, which he says is biased, and isn’t expected in Zurich for the verdict.

The Asian Football Confederation president would become the most senior FIFA official ever convicted of corruption.

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