24 Jul 2011

Bin Hammam banned for life

8:31 am on 24 July 2011

Mohamed Bin Hammam has been banned for life after being found guilty by world football's ruling body of trying to buy votes ahead of last month's FIFA presidential election.

The career of the most powerful figure in Asian football appears over after a two-day hearing into corruption allegations by FIFA's ethics committee ended with the life ban.

The 62-year-old Qatari, who has also been on FIFA's executive committee since 1996, withdrew his presidential candidacy at the end of May and Swiss Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed for a fourth term three days later.

Bin Hammam was accused of trying to buy votes with $US40,000 ($46,200) cash gifts to Caribbean football officials.

Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner, provisionally banned with Bin Hammam for his involvement in the Port of Spain meeting, resigned in June and a case against him was dropped.