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FIFA bans Qatar official from Asian elections

FIFA investigator has recommended that Saoud Al-Mohannadi be banned from the game for at least 30 months

FIFA bans Qatar official from Asian elections
Saud al-Mohannadi. (Karim Jaffar/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA has banned a high-ranking Qatar football official from running in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections.

In August, a FIFA investigator recommended that Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice president of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and former General Secretary of the QFA, be banned from the game for at least 2 1/2 years over allegations of non-cooperation with an inquiry, which was not linked to the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar - one of the cases at the centre of wider investigations and allegations that have rocked the football organisation since last year.

In September, the world football governing body’s ethics watchdog opened adjudicatory proceedings against Mohannadi based on a final report submitted by an independent ethics committee.

Mohannadi, who denies any wrongdoing, had been cleared to stand in the AFC elections before the Asian body said FIFA had decided that he would not be eligible.

“FIFA has advised the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that, based on the report of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, it has decided Mr Saoud A.Aziz Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) is not eligible to stand in the elections for the FIFA Council,” read the statement on AFC’s website.

The electoral committee confirmed that six candidates would contest the three available seats, with at least one reserved for a female member.

The candidates are: Zhang Jian (China PR), Ali Kafashian Naeni (Islamic Republic of Iran), and Zainudin Nordin (Singapore) as well as Moya Dodd (Australia), Mahfuza Ahkter (Bangladesh) and Han Un Gyong (North Korea).

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