Browsing 'bin hammam' News

Bin Hammam puts Qatar 2022 under scrutiny

Banned for life.

Qataris are still reeling from FIFA’s verdict that former Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hammam engaged in vote-buying in the run-up to the FIFA presidency.

Media reports are calling the guilty verdict a “spectacular fall from grace” for the 62-year-old wealthy Qatari businessman, who has lost his place on FIFA’s executive committee (which he held for 15 years), his AFC presidency and even the right to be involved with a football club at a grassroots level. 

That means his involvement with Qatar’s World Cup in 2022 will involve little more than buying a ticket and attending the games as a spectator.

Reuters reports:

“It’s sad for all of Qatar, not just Mohamed,” said Mohammed Johar, 50, head of logistics for the Al Jazeera sports channel in Doha.”We grew up together. He was president of my club, Al Rayyan. From the beginning I never thought these charges were true. He faced problems and tried to solve them honestly.

Bin Hammam, AFC president since 2002, was found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of bribery during a meeting with Caribbean officials in Port of Spain, Trinidad in May…

“He’s been involved with (football) for so long, his whole life. Banning him is like killing him,” Johar said.

Fellow Qatari Ahmed Abu Hamra, 18, added: “He doesn’t deserve it. It’s not fair. Of course they would find him guilty, so he’s not a threat (for FIFA’s presidency) in the future.”

Meanwhile, Bin Hammam continues to maintain his innocence and said his fate has not be been sealed yet.

He blogged:

Rest assured, though, that justice will eventually prevail whether through the FIFA Ethics Committee, the Court of Arbitration of Sport or if necessary, through other courts or legal proceedings in   courts where we will be equal and no special privileges will be granted to either party.

What do you guys think about the verdict?

Image courtesy of Bin Hammam’s Facebook page.

It has been a tumultuous few months for Mohamed Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation and once a FIFA presidential hopeful.

Bin Hammam, a Qatari, has been mired in corruption allegations since May, when he was suspended from all football duties pending an investigation into bribery charges.

FIFA is expected to deliver the results of that investigation this weekend, and will decide whether Bin Hammam will be permanently banned from the game- and thus from playing any part in Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Media reports state that it doesn’t look good for Hammam, who is accused of bribing members of the Caribbean Football Union during his campaign against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. 

ESPN reports:

If he is cleared, it would be a result more unlikely than the one staged by Qatar in December. The joy would be just as intense on a personal level but similarly wild celebrations in Doha are unlikely if rumours that the ruling family of Qatar wants a guilty verdict are to be believed.

The logic goes that Bin Hammam’s survival will only make his opponents more likely to look into the 2022 bidding process by way of revenge. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but in the world of FIFA stranger things have happened.

Bin Hammam maintains his innocence and has said the charges against him are politically motivated.

What do you guys think will happen on Saturday?

Image courtesy of Bin Hammam’s Facebook page.