The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 18, 2012
 

Former Fifa presidential candidate Bin Hammam resigns, banned for life

 
 

(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).