Bin Hammam slams 'tawdry' plot

Bin Hammam slams 'tawdry' plot

Published May. 27, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam says there is ''increasing evidence of a conspiracy'' against him.

A statement on bin Hammam's blog says he is confident that FIFA's ethics committee will ''see through this tawdry maneuver'' to remove him from the race, and that he will face Sepp Blatter in the scheduled election next Wednesday.

The statement says it's ''obvious'' that allegations bin Hammam bribed voters on a campaign trip to Trinidad are ''without substance'' and an attempt to discredit him.

It says the Qatari official has never hidden paying for ''travel and accommodation expenses ... and administrative costs'' of Caribbean Football Union members, and promised to increase their FIFA grants if elected.


However, he denies buying votes.