Bin Hammam wins appeal in FIFA bribery case

AP, Thursday 19 Jul 2012

Bin Hammam has won his case against a life ban from football

Mohammed Bin Hammam
Former President of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohammed Bin Hammam (Photo: AP)

Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam has won his case against a life ban from football for allegedly bribing voters during his challenge to Sepp Blatter.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its panel overturned the ban because of a lack of evidence — but was not convinced he is innocent of corruption.

Still, the CAS ruling overturns FIFA verdicts which had exiled the 63-year-old Qatari.

Bin Hammam now faces fresh bribery charges leveled by the Asian Football Confederation.

FIFA got evidence from Caribbean whistleblowers who said they were offered $40,000 cash bribes during his campaign visit to Trinidad in May 2011.

Bin Hammam denied wrongdoing, claiming Blatter helped orchestrate a scandal to guarantee his election victory a few weeks later.

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