Bin Hammam slams English FA

2011-05-24 15:15

Doha - FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam has urged the English Football Association to reconsider their decision to abstain from the election, saying that they are "forfeiting" their right to improve the sport by choosing not to take part.

Bin Hammam, who is the lone challenger to FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the June 1 election, wrote on his website on Tuesday that he respects the FA's position but is disappointed that a national association has decided "not to try to affect change from the inside."

"The FA, with its status as the oldest association in the world and England's position as the birthplace of the modern game, is one of the most important institutions in world football," he wrote. "As a result, they should be working with FIFA and the rest of the global game to improve and enhance football. By choosing to abstain, the FA is, sadly, forfeiting that right."

The FA announced last week that they would not vote for Blatter or bin Hammam. Both men have been tainted by a corruption scandal involving bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Six members of FIFA's executive committee have been accused of receiving or demanded bribes during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Bin Hammam helped deliver the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, whom are alleged to have paid two FIFA executives $1.5 million each.

The allegations came from evidence the Sunday Times submitted to a British parliamentary inquiry. Blatter has announced FIFA will investigate the claims and that a former bid employee who was a source for some of the allegations would be interviewed on Wednesday.

The Qatar Football Association on Monday welcomed an investigation into allegations of corruption but insisted that the evidence presented so far was false and unsubstantiated. They said the whistleblower is probably a former employee "with a significant axe to grind."

In their one-page letter released to the media, Qatar offered no fresh evidence to refute the claims, but attempted to cast doubt on the Sunday Times allegations, suggesting the methods they used to build the case calls into question the "credibility of the reporters, their motivations and extent to which ... the evidence in any way can be relied upon."


  • kahuru1 - 2011-05-24 16:08

    Just leave those guys alone man; they are still bitter about losing the 2018 bid that they thought was their divine right to win. NEVER have I seen such bitterness, what will abstaining from voting do for them? Have FIFA come begging and say 'hey sorry, you were right the vote was rigged, we will give you the 2018 world cup after all so please don't be mad ...' HELL NO, if anything they should be suspended for not being team players.

      infidel - 2011-05-26 15:22

      @kahuru1.. Get rid of that bitter chip on your shoulder. People like you who openly support corruption make me sick. Your idiotic tirade against England and your obvious support of the corrupt officials shows what type of person you are.

  • 2002 - 2011-05-24 16:22

    Well said @Kahuru1, The English have this wrong thought of Birth-right to everything, FIFA can do with or without FA support. I agree, they should rather be fined for their action or suspended. Just because their league is broadcasted around the world doesn't mean it is the best, just publisty and $ power, keep on dreaming about winning the FWC,

      Swazy - 2011-05-24 17:12

      Oh shut up u idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David - 2011-05-24 16:23

    Perhaps your headline writer needs to read the story -- and UNDERSTAND it. Nowhere does bin Hamman 'slam' the FA. He urges, yes; and he is saddened and disappointed by their decision. But 'slammed? No. Careless journalism stirs up unnecessary.controversy.

  • SOOTHSAYER - 2011-05-24 16:59

    Well said kahuru1 & David...........FA & Journalists need to do their work right in the midst of the challenges the current world order is facing! English FA must stop whining..........get over yourselves......

  • - 2011-05-24 17:52

    It's no coincidence that Hammam is the Arabic word for toilet. This guys talks a bunch of shit. :)

  • kingkong - 2011-05-24 18:17

    That’s it my friends lets all stand behind the corruption we are so use to. FIFI is as corrupt as the anc government. Keep an eye on how this one goes in the next couple of months

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