World football’s governing body Fifa has suspended Qatari executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam after a hearing of its ethics committee on 29 May.
Fifa has provisionally suspended Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation Chief, and another executive committee member, Jack Warner, as it investigates allegations of bribery against the pair.
Hammam withdrew from the race to become Fifa’s next president on 28 May, ahead of the hearing at the ethics committee.It is alleged that Hammam and Warner offered members of the Carribean Football Union (CFU) cash bundles to vote for Hammam in his bid to become president of Fifa.
No charges will be brought against the incumbent Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who has also been at the centre of corruption allegations. Blatter is now free to stand unopposed for re-election as head of the football governing body.
Fifa is investigating claims by the UK-based Sunday Times newspaper that the Qatar Football Association (QFA) bribed two members of the Fifa voting panel to support the Qatari bid. Fifa has refused to rule out a re-run of the vote to select the host for the 2022 event if allegations of corruption are proven.
The QFA has branded the allegations of corruption as “… serious, unsubstantiated and false…’’ (MEED 24:5:11).