30 May 2011

FIFA executives suspended

3:07 pm on 30 May 2011

FIFA has suspended two members of its executive committee over accusations of bribery.

FIFA's ethics committee says Asian Football Confederation head Mohammed Bin Hammam and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner have a case to answer, and investigations will continue.

It is alleged that they offered bribes at a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union on 10-11 May.

Bundles of cash of up to $40,000 were reportedly given to CFI members at the meeting in Trinidad, to secure votes for Mr Bin Hammam in his campaign for the presidency.

FIFA resident Sepp Blatter has been cleared of failing to report the allegations.

Mr Bin Hammam on Saturday withdrew his challenge for the presidency, saying he did not want to see FIFA's name dragged through the mud.

A vote for the presidency is due to be held on Wednesday. Mr Blatter, 75, is seeking a fourth term. He is now the only candidate.