CAS upholds FIFA’s provisional ban on Bin Hammam

FIFA says Mohammed bin Hammam has lost his appeal at the Court

of Arbitration for Sport against a provisional suspension from

football while allegations of bribery and financial mismanagement

are investigated.

Bin Hammam challenged rulings by FIFA’s judicial bodies to bar

him for 90 days. FIFA’s ethics judge, Joachim Eckert, extended that

suspension last week for another 45 days.

FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia and the Asian Football

Confederation have ordered probes into how the Qatari official

managed the regional body’s accounts while president.

Garcia is also seeking new evidence that bin Hammam bribed

Caribbean voters during his election challenge to FIFA President

Sepp Blatter last year.

Bin Hammam’s life ban for alleged bribery was lifted by CAS in


He claims the FIFA investigations are politically motivated to

protect Blatter.