x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Mohamed bin Hammam launches new bid to clear name

The Qatari has lodged a fresh appeal with the Court of Abritration for Sport after his suspension by footballing authorities.

Mohammed Bin Hamman being interviewed while AFC president.
Mohammed Bin Hamman being interviewed while AFC president.

Mohamed bin Hammam, the former head of the Asian Football Confederation, has launched a fresh appeal over his Fifa suspension.

The Qatari has been suspended from football activities for more than a year after Fifa ethics committee found him guilty of bribery during his election campaign to replace Sepp Blatter.

In July his lifetime ban from football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on grounds of insufficient evidence - with a proviso that the case could be reopened if fresh evidence came to light.

Now the 63 year old has lodged a fresh appeal with the CAS in a bid to clear his name.

"My lawyers and myself are appealing to CAS," bin Hammam confirmed.

The bribery case was seen as shedding a light on murky practices inside Fifa, and prompted new questions about Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, in which bin Hammam played a key role.

The bid, alongside others, is now under investigation. Bin Hammam maintains he is innocent of the charges.

The Qatari multi-millionaire remains provisionally suspended by both Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation (of which he was president) pending investigations into the Asian body's financial dealings.