Bin Hammam FIFA appeal set for next week

LONDON, (Reuters) – Mohamed Bin Hammam, handed a life  ban by FIFA on bribery charges, will have his appeal against  that decision heard next week, FIFA confirmed yesterday.

The 62-year-old Qatari, a former member of FIFA’s executive  committee, was booted out in July after being found guilty of corruption and his case will be heard by FIFA’s appeals  committee on Sept. 15.

Mohamed Bin Hammam

The hearing, at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich is expected  to be completed on the day but it is not yet known if Bin Hammam will attened in person, or be represented by his lawyers.

Bin Hammam was banned after the Ethics Committee ruled he  was responsible for cash gifts totalling around 1.0 million US dollars for officials from associations belonging to the  Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at a meeting in Trinidad on May  10.

It was alleged the gifts of around 40,000 per member were to  secure their votes in his battle to defeat incumbent Sepp  Blatter in the FIFA presidential election on June 1.

After the allegations were made, Bin Hammam withdrew his  candidature and Blatter was re-elected president for a fourth  term unopposed.

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