Bin Hammam reacts to ban
Suspended official questions full independence of ethics committee
By Mike Barton. Last Updated: May 30, 2011 9:48am
Bin Hammam: Claims committee did not have enough evidence
Fifa senior official and one-time presidency candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has released a statement regarding his suspension from the organisation, claiming that there was not enough evidence against him.
Bin Hammam pulled out of the running to become president on Sunday morning, with an election for the role set to take place on Wednesday, whilst fellow official Jack Warner was also suspended.
Reigning Fifa president Sepp Blatter was cleared of any wrongdoing by an independent ethics committee following an investigation, meaning he will stand alone, with the election still set to proceed.
The committee, chaired by Namibian Petrus Damaseb, stated that there was sufficient evidence to further investigate allegations that Bin Hammam and Warner offered $40,000 (£24,233) bribes to delegates at a Caribbean Football Union meeting in Trinidad.
If the findings are proven to be true, both Bin Hammam and Warner could face a permanent expulsion from the organisation.
Bin Hammam, however, questioned their evidence, claiming that the ethics committee organised was not fully independent and that there was not enough proof to give a suspension.
He said in a statement late on Sunday: "I've been referred to the ethics committee based on evidence which was strong enough in views of the Fifa general secretary for such procedure.
"However the ethics committee in this meeting today did not find this evidence sufficient enough to convict me.
"Subsequently I should have been given the benefit of the doubt, but instead I've been banned from all football activities.
"I've been given the impression that the ethics committee is absolutely an independent committee. But in the press conference we have seen today the general secretary made clear that he is the one who has the influence in this committee.
"I'm very disappointed about the way the status of the proceeding has been presented at the media conference.
"I'm expecting this will continue. This is not how I understand fair play. I'm reserving all my rights."