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Former Fifa presidential candidate Bin Hammam resigns, banned for life

Published on Dec 18, 2012 6:02 AM
 
In this May 10, 2011 file picture Mohamed bin Hammam, chief of the Asian Football Confederation, talks to local media in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam resigned from all football-related positions and was banned for life by world football’s governing body following “repeated violations” of its code of ethics while head of the Asian Football Confederation, it has been reported on Monday, Dec 17, 2012. -- PHOTO : AP

(REUTERS) - Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former Fifa presidential candidate embroiled in corruption allegations, has resigned from all his positions in football and been given a life ban, Fifa said on Monday.

The 63-year-old former Asian soccer chief was first banned by Fifa in July 2011 for alleged bribery during his failed bid to oust Mr Sepp Blatter in the presidential race to head world soccer's governing body.

That punishment was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July, but Fifa handed out another life ban on Monday and said he would never be active in organised football again.

This suspension was not in connection with bribery allegations during the election campaign but for "conflicts of interest" while he was president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

 
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