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.
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.