Bin Hammam fails to overturn AFC move

BY foxsports • October 3, 2011

Banned former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has failed in an attempt to get the Court of Arbitration for Sport to block the appointment of his replacement, the AFC has said.

Zhang Jilong was named as the AFC's acting president following the decision of the FIFA ethics committee to provisionally ban Bin Hammam from all football activities worldwide in May.

Bin Hammam's life ban was confirmed by the FIFA appeals committee on September 15, and the AFC have now confirmed their former president's efforts to undermine Jilong's appointment have failed.

"On September 30, 2011, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) rejected an appeal on provisional measures filed by Mohamed Bin Hammam on 19 August 2011 against the Asian Football Confederation," an AFC statement read.

FIFA's ethics committee announced Bin Hammam's worldwide ban at a meeting in July, after which China's Jilong was confirmed by the AFC as their delegate to the FIFA executive committee.

Bin Hammam's request to CAS challenged both Jilong's designation as AFC acting president and his nomination to FIFA on the grounds that they infringed the AFC's constitution.

The AFC's statement continued: "Mr Bin Hammam requested the CAS to annul the AFC executive committee's decision and recognise only himself (Bin Hammam) as the AFC president and representative on the FIFA executive committee.

"Mr Bin Hammam also requested a stay order (provisional measures) pending the final CAS hearing.

"AFC has strictly followed the AFC statutes at all times in relation to Mr Jilong's designation as AFC acting president and nomination to the FIFA executive committee. Hence, AFC welcomes the CAS decision on provisional measures and is confident of its prospects of success at the CAS hearing on the merits of the appeal.

"The CAS decision to dismiss Mr Bin Hammam's request for a provisional stay is a procedural order and not an award, meaning that it is not subject to further appeal."

In addition to challenging Jilong's appointment, Bin Hammam has separately appealed to CAS over his lifetime ban for bribery.

Confirming his intention to appeal his ban last month, Bin Hammam said: "I can now see, at last, light at the end of the tunnel and I am heading confidently towards it.

"My next step is to go to CAS where, from now on, I will be equal to my rival."

The Qatari was banned after the ethics committee ruled he was responsible for cash gifts totalling around 1million US dollars (£620,000) to officials from associations belonging to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at a meeting in Trinidad on May 10.

FIFA have charged 16 of those officials with rule breaches in connection with that meeting.

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