Fifa-Bin Hammam will appeal his suspension
Mohammed Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation, suspended Sunday for the duration of an investigation by FIFA over alleged election fraud, said Monday he would appeal the sanction.
- "Mohamed Bin Hammam will not accept the decision Sunday by the Ethics Committee of FIFA, writes his press service in a statement. As Mr. Bin Hammam is only allowed to appeal against motivated decisions, he asked urgently these motivations for Tuesday, May 31, to be able to make his appeal in time to revoke the provisional suspension until the (elective) conference begins June 1 in Zurich."
- "There are many questions: What was the tenor of the discussion in the ethics committee and how it has happened to these conclusions? There are so many other questions that need answers and there is an urgent need of response," added the press service of the President of the Asian Confederation.
- Mohamed Bin Hammam later wrote of his hand: "the way the procedures have been conducted is not consistent with the principles of justice. I am being punished before being found guilty. I feel that the outcome of these procedures has been decided well in advance and that it became obvious during the press conference Sunday when the general secretary of Fifa Jerome Valcke has shown who he was for (Blatter, ed).
- "This is not acceptable because the ethics committee of FIFA is supposed to be independent," he added, before concluding, pessimistic: "I therefore expect that the upcoming investigation is handled and influenced."
- Ennaharonline/ M. O.