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FIFA executive Bin Hammam resigns

ESPN staff
December 17, 2012
Mohamed Bin Hamman was banned from football after being accused of corruption while running for the FIFA presidency against Sepp Blatter © PA Photos

Mohamed Bin Hammam, the FIFA executive committee member who helped secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and has been banned for life from working in the sport.

Football's world governing body revealed on Monday that the 63-year-old Qatari had resigned from his roles and been banned for life by FIFA's new adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, due to his "conflicts of interest'' while president of the Asian Football Confederation.

The announcement follows a drawn out dispute over corruption allegations against the AFC president, with FIFA saying that it had received a resignation letter from Bin Hammam and that he "will never be active in organised football again".

Bin Hammam had been fighting a lifetime ban imposed by FIFA following allegations that he offered bribes to voters when running against incumbent Sepp Blatter in the governing body's presidential election.

It is the second time FIFA has placed a lifelong ban on Hammam after it found him guilty of paying bribes at a Caribbean Football Union meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011. However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July due to insufficient evidence.

FIFA said in a statement: "Mr Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again. This results from a resignation letter of Mr Bin Hammam addressed to FIFA and AFC dated December 15, 2012.

"In view of the fact that under the new FIFA code of ethics, the FIFA ethics committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the adjudicatory chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life."

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