- CNTV English - CCTV News

Bin Hammam facing lifetime ban from football

07-25-2011 08:55 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Bin Hammam did not co-operate with the FIFA investigation and elected not to attend the two day FIFA ethics committee. He was represented by his legal counsel, Eugene Gulland, who said they both rejected the findings based on "so-called circumstantial evidence" and that his client maintained his innocence.

Eugene Gulland said, "The FIFA Ethics Committee has apparently based its decision on so called circumstantial evidence which our case has clearly demonstrated was bogus and founded on lies told by senior FIFA officials."

Eugene D. Gulland gives a statement on behalf of Mohamed bin Hammam after a FIFA
Ethics Committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday,
July 23, 2011. FIFA banned Mohamed bin Hammam from football for life on Saturday
after finding him guilty of bribing presidential election voters.The FIFA ethics
panel ruled that the Qatari candidate conspired to pay Caribbean officials $40,000
cash bribes to back his ultimately abandoned challenge to FIFA President Sepp
Blatter. His lawyer said Bin Hammam rejected the findings based on "so-called
circumstantial evidence" and maintained his innocence. "He will continue to fight
his case through the legal routes that are open to him," lead counsel Eugene
Gulland told reporters. (AP Photo/ Keystone/Alessandro Della Bella)

FIFA also suspended two Caribbean Football Union staffers, Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester, for one year for their part in distributing the bribes at a May 10 meeting in Trinidad. FIFA also faces an intensified focus on corruption in its ranks as the judge in the case has also asked for a second wave of investigations.

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program