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Lifetime ban is Blatter’s revenge, says Bin Hammam

Qatar-born soccer chief says he knew the outcome of FIFA ethics trial before it began

Lifetime ban is Blatter’s revenge, says Bin Hammam
Mohammed bin Hammam said the outcome of the trial was revenge for his standing as a FIFA presidential candidate

Mohamed
Bin Hammam, the Asian soccer chief who has been given a lifetime ban from all
football related activity, has alleged it is an act of revenge for standing
against Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency, it has been reported.

Bin
Hamman, who has been suspended from all football activity since May 29, was
found guilty of attempting to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union at
a meeting in May.

Sepp
Blatter’s former rival told the UK’s Times newspaper that he wasn’t surprised
at Saturday’s outcome. “I was expecting it actually,” he said.

“The ban
for life, that shows how much these people are angry, how much they are full of
revenge.”

Asked if
he meant revenge for standing against Blatter, he replied: “Exactly, there is
nothing else.”

He also
alleged the ethics committee was not independent. “The ban for life has already
been written before the investigation started. These are leaking from
somebody.”

Bin
Hamman was alleged to have offered each member of the Caribbean Football Union
a cash gift of $40,000 in exchange for their votes in the FIFA presidential
election. He was forced to withdraw from the election on June 1 and Blatter was
reelected for another four-year term.

The
62-year old Qatari was found guilty of breaking seven articles of the
organisation's ethics code including one on bribery.

In a
July 22 posting on his blog, Bin Hamman, claimed to already know the outcome of
the hearing.  “It seems likely that FIFA has
already made its decision weeks ago. So, none of us should be completely
surprised if a guilty verdict is returned.

“Following the events since my suspension, it now seems impossible, for them to
say that they were wrong, although I wish they would have the courage to
correct their mistake,” he said.

A UK PM on Sunday called for an investigation into the role of Bin
Hamman in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid.

“This is
a day of shame for football’s governing body. These are such serious charges
from the FIFA ethics committee that there should now be a fuller inquiry into
Bin Hammam’s other recent work within FIFA, and in particular his role on the
FIFA executive committee during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World
Cups,” Damian Collins said on his website.

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Mukri Ishrat 8 years ago

This is a very bad news. Sports are no more sports at all. Bin Hammam we are with you. Dont Worry we all know what is happening out there. At least you have a courage to stand against such a person who dont want to leave his sit since long time. May be he dont want that in his lifetime somebody will take his seat and reveal his all the negative points . One thing I would like to say FIFA as an lawyer by profession that "ONE PERSON SHOULD NOT HEAD ANY ORGANISATION FOR SO LONG , THIS SHOWS HIS INFLUENCE ON THE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THEIR DECISIONS ". Best of Luck FIFA. I love football.

Billy 8 years ago

Mukri, if Bin Hammam did offer the bribes for votes as he has indeed been fond guilty of, there should be no place in football for him. The question therefore is if the enquiry was independent and from what I can see from all the reports I have read it was. the fact that Bin Hammam claimed to know before the verdict what was actually going to be concluded could easily be the comment of a guilty man who knows what he has done and has been found out.