FIFA extends bin Hammam ban during ethics probes

Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam faces more

disciplinary charges after the governing body’s ethics prosecutor

finished investigating his financial affairs.

FIFA says bin Hammam’s suspension from world soccer, which was

due to expire on Friday, has therefore been extended ”given the

seriousness of the violations” alleged.

FIFA says prosecutor Michael Garcia sent copies of his final

report and investigation files to bin Hammam and ethics judge

Joachim Eckert. Eckert has asked bin Hammam to respond within 45

days, FIFA says.

Garcia has led a search for new evidence that bin Hammam bribed

Caribbean voters last year, and examined an audit of the Qatari’s

financial management of Asian Football Confederation accounts and

contracts.

Bin Hammam denies wrongdoing and got his FIFA life ban lifted in

a sports court.