Bin Hammam fights for position

2012-01-23 21:08
Mohamed bin Hammam (File)

Lausanne - An appeal by former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam's to stop the Asian Football Confederation from replacing him as president was heard by sport's highest court on Monday.

Bin Hammam didn't attend the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing, and his American lawyer, Eugene Gulland, declined comment to reporters.

The Qatari official appealed to block the AFC from appointing an interim president while he tries to overturn a lifetime ban from football imposed by FIFA for allegedly bribing Caribbean voters.

Chinese official Zhang Jilong has been running the Asian body and took the seat on FIFA's executive committee which Bin Hammam had held since 1996.

CAS arbitrator Denis Oswald, a member of the three-lawyer panel judging the case, said after the court session that both sides made "good arguments."

"We heard different submissions by the parties," said Oswald, "but they will supplement their overall submissions in writing, so we will have to wait a few more weeks until we have everything available."

Bin Hammam, who led Asian football since 2002, has insisted on being allowed to try to clear his name quickly.

Under AFC statutes, which allow the position of president to be vacant for only one year, an extraordinary congress and election must be held if Bin Hammam's appeals aren't resolved by May 29.

Bin Hammam denies wrongdoing, and has claimed that FIFA President Sepp Blatter helped orchestrate the bribery scandal to ensure a fourth four-year term leading football's world governing body.

Blatter won the election unopposed last June, three days after Bin Hammam was provisionally suspended while FIFA investigated claims by Caribbean officials that they were offered $40 000 cash gifts to sway their votes.

CAS has yet to set a date for Bin Hammam's appeal against FIFA.

Read more on:    mohamed bin hammam


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.