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AFC extends suspension of Qatar's Bin Hammam

Asian Football Confederation adds further 20 days to ban on former FIFA presidential hope

AFC extends suspension of Qatar's Bin Hammam
Mohammed Bin Hammam

The Asian Football Confederation has extended its suspension on former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.

Lim Kia Tong, the chairman of the AFC Disciplinary Committee, said the Qatari's provisional suspension imposed on July 16 has been lengthened by 20 days.

The suspension extension comes as Bin Hammam is serving a three-month ban from football imposed by the ethics committee of governing body FIFA on July 26 pending the outcome of a probe into AFC finances.

Bin Hammam was handed a lifetime ban from football last year after being found guilty of bribery by a FIFA ethics committee panel during his campaign for the presidency of the sport's world governing body.

His ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 19 after his appeal was upheld on grounds of insufficient evidence.

The AFC said in a statement on Sunday that its disciplinary committee decided on August 15 to extend the provisional suspension of Bin Hammam, who has been accused of offering cash bribes to unseat long-standing president Sepp Blatter last year.

Bin Hammam last week vowed to clear his name and has described the charges and his punishment by FIFA as politically motivated.

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