India Not Giving Up Hope For F1 Return Malaysia Center Caters To Para-Athletes QRU Opts Out Of Merger Plan Sportel Asia: TV Execs Set Sights On China League Notes Is Gale The Man To Step In As AFL CEO? Q&A With AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou Spanish Bid For Super Rugby ELTA TV Buys CPBL Broadcast Rights Sharks Supplements Penalties To Stand
Enter amount in full numerical value, without currency symbol or commas (ex: 3000000).
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD Global/July 20, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Bin Hammam Has Lifetime FIFA Ban Annulled By Court
Published July 20, 2012
BLOW TO FIFA: BLOOMBERG's Tariq Panja reported that the verdict is "the latest blow to hit FIFA." The organization responsible for the $5B World Cup "has faced corruption scandals and is in the middle of a program to reform its corporate governance" (BLOOMBERG, 7/19). The BBC reported that Bin Hammam wants to "retire from football" despite the ruling. Bin Hammam: "My wish now is just to quit and retire. I've served football for 42 years, this last year I have seen a very ugly face of the sport and of football. I should have the benefit of the doubt" (BBC, 7/19).
FIFA'S RESPONSE: FIFA said in a statement that Bin Hammam "remains suspended until the current case has been concluded." FIFA's statement read, "FIFA has taken note of the decision by the Asian Football Confederation earlier this week to open a disciplinary case against Mohamed Bin Hammam and to provisionally suspend him from taking part in any football activity for another matter." The statement continued, "The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee extended this provisional suspension to worldwide level [Wednesday]. Therefore, Mohamed Bin Hammam remains suspended until the current case has been concluded" (FIFA).