July 24 - A FIFA ethics committee bans Qatari football official Mohamed bin Hammam from the sport for life after finding him guilty of bribery. Lindsey Parietti reports.
Football officials ban Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed bin Hammam from the sport for life. Hammam was accused of offering cash bribes at a May meeting in Trinidad in exchange for votes in the race for the FIFA presidency. A FIFA ethics committee found him guilty of bribery and violating a long list of other football codes Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY-CHAIRMAN OF FIFA ETHICS COMMITTEE PETRUS DAMASEB SAYING: The official, Mr bin Hammam, is hereby banned from taking part in any form of football-related activity at national and international level, administrative sports and any other for life." Hammam's lawyers challenged the ruling and urged FIFA to issue a full transcript of proceedings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUGENE GULLAND, LEAD COUNSEL FOR MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM SAYING: "Mr bin Hammam rejects the findings of the FIFA ethics committee hearing and maintains his innocence. He will continue to fight his case through the legal routes that are open to him. He has gone on record, and he maintains that the FIFA ethics committee was going to find against him whatever the validity of the case he presented to them." Hammam withdrew his candidacy and was suspended days before the election. Another candidate, former Caribbean, North and Central America president Jack Warner was also suspended but is not being investigated because he resigned. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters