4 Oct 2011

Banned Bin Hammam fails in appeal

1:49 pm on 4 October 2011

Mohamed Bin Hammam has failed in his bid to be reinstated as head of Asian football by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 62-year-old Qatari is serving a lifetime ban from the sport after being accused by world governing body FIFA of bribery during his failed bid to become the world governing body's president in May.

As the most senior Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member, China's Zhang Jilong assumed the roles of acting head and FIFA executive committee member after the ban.

Bin Hammam was attempting to overturn that decision and be reinstated to both roles in the interim ahead of his CAS hearing into the FIFA ban and the AFC decision.

Bin Hammam had ran against FIFA president Sepp Blatter but withdrew from the race on May the 29th after being accused of handing $NZ 50,000 bribes in brown envelopes as a sweetener to Caribbean football officials to secure their vote.

Blatter was re-elected unopposed for a fourth term three days later.

Bin Hammam, who was re-elected unopposed for a third and final term as AFC head in January, has continually said he was innocent and is taking his case to CAS after having his appeal against the decision rejected by FIFA last month.

The Qatari has been heavily critical of FIFA since the decision in May.

He has appeared to flout FIFA rules on the ban from all football by using AFC headed paper and referred to himself as the AFC president when making public a number of statements on his blog.

The AFC says they welcomed the decision by CAS to reject the appeal to have Zhang removed.