Mohamed Bin Hammam. Photo Reuters
Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former FIFA presidential
candidate embroiled in corruption allegations, has resigned
from all his positions in football and been given a life ban,
The 63-year-old former Asian football chief was first banned
by FIFA in July 2011 for alleged bribery during his failed
bid to oust Sepp Blatter in the presidential race to head
world football's governing body.
That punishment was overturned by the Court of Arbitration
for Sport in July, but FIFA handed out another life ban on
Monday and said he would never be active in organised
This suspension was not in connection with bribery
allegations during the election campaign but for "conflicts
of interest" while he was president of the Asian Football
"In view of the fact that under the new FIFA Code of Ethics,
the FIFA Ethics Committee remains competent to render a
decision even if a person resigns, the Adjudicatory Chamber
decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related
activity for life," a FIFA statement said.
"This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J.
Garcia, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA
"That report showed repeated violations of Article 19
(Conflict of Interest) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, edition
2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC President
and as member of the FIFA Executive Committee in the years
2008 to 2011, which justified a life-long ban from all
This latest suspension could bring an end to one of the most
unsavoury scandals to have hit the sport.
Bin Hammam was originally accused of trying to buy the
presidential votes of Caribbean officials by handing them
$40,000 each in brown envelopes at a meeting in Port of Spain
one month before he was due to challenge Blatter in last
year's FIFA presidential election.
He withdrew his candidacy and was subsequently banned pending
investigations. Blatter was re-elected unopposed for a fourth
term as FIFA president.
Bin Hammam was then banned for life after being found guilty
of breaking seven articles of FIFA's ethics code, including
one on bribery.
In July, a CAS three-man panel voted 2-1 in Bin Hammam's
favour but added that his behaviour was "not of the highest
ethical standard" and that "it is more likely than not" that
he was the source of cash brought into Trinidad and Tobago
and distributed by former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.
CAS said then: "It is a situation of 'case not proven',
coupled with concern on the part of the Panel that the FIFA
investigation was not complete or comprehensive enough to
fill the gaps in the record.
Bin Hammam, who was elected unopposed for a third and final
four-year term as the head of the AFC in Jan. 2011, has long
pleaded his innocence and complained his punishments have
come because he challenged Blatter's leadership.