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Bin Hammam hopes for a fair Fifa ethics hearing

The suspended AFC president expresses hopes that he will receive a fair hearing when he appears before Fifa's ethics committee on bribery charges later this month.

Mohamed Bin Hammam has expressed his hope that he will receive a fair hearing when he appears before Fifa's ethics committee on bribery charges later this month.

The 62-year-old Qatari has been suspended since May 29 while an investigation into the claims that he organised cash gifts totalling US$1 million (Dh3.67m) to Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials while campaigning for the Fifa presidency.

Bin Hammam said he was disappointed by continuous leaks of confidential information and hopes that the investigation has identified whether there had been attempts — directly or indirectly — by him to buy votes.

"I am still looking for and hoping to receive a fair hearing — one which will not be influenced by any political agenda or motivation," he said on his website.

"I hope that the decision will be made solely by the members of this committee and based solely on the facts presented and not based on assumptions or the wishes of people outside the committee."

Bin Hammam also repeated his earlier claim that "there has been a bias against me".

Fifa's ethics committee will meet on July 22 and 23 to hear the case against Bin Hammam, who had been the Asian Football Confederation president until his suspension.

The investigations by the committee has been completed and their report has been sent to the Qatari.

The ethics committee will also hear the cases of Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester, the two CFU officials who were also suspended along with the Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.

Warner is no longer under investigation following his resignation from football-related activities.