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SBD Global/December 18, 2012/International Football
Mohamed Bin Hammam Resigns From Football Duties, Receives Lifetime Ban By FIFA
Published December 18, 2012
DONE FIGHTING: AFP reported Bin Hammam said in an emailed statement he was tired of “trumped up allegations.” Hammam: “For me, the decision by CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), the highest independent authority in sports arbitration, that FIFA’s ban was unjustified is enough. I do not want to spend any more of my life fighting trumped up allegations and to focus instead on my family and businesses" (AFP, 12/17).
MARKING THE END: REUTERS reported Bin Hammam's resignation "could bring an end to one of the most unsavoury scandals to have hit the sport." Bin Hammam was originally accused of "trying to buy the presidential votes of Caribbean officials by handing them $40,000 each in brown envelopes" at a meeting in Port of Spain one month before he was due to challenge Blatter in last year's FIFA presidential election. Bin Hammam has "long pleaded his innocence and complained his punishments have come because he challenged Blatter's leadership" (REUTERS, 12/17).