Bin Hammam appeals Fifa ban

Ex-presidential candidate will not accept decision by ethics committee

Bin Hammam: Has appealed against his suspension from Fifa and will not accept ethics committee decision

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Former Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has confirmed he will be appealing against his suspension.

Bin Hammam was suspended by Fifa on Sunday following allegations that the Asian confederation president and Jack Warner had offered 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 the evidence, claiming that the ethics committee organised was not fully independent and that there was not enough proof to give a suspension.

He has denied making any payments and has issued a statement on his website in which he said he "will not accept yesterday's decision".

Not acceptable

The statement read: "Mohamed Bin Hammam will not accept yesterday's decision by the Fifa ethics committee.

"As he is only allowed to appeal against the motivated decision by the Fifa ethics committee, he urgently requested this by Tuesday to be able to file his appeal in due time and to revoke the provisional ban before Wednesday's congress is starting.

"The way these proceedings have been conducted is absolutely not compliant with any principles of justice. I am punished before I am found guilty."

Mohamed Bin Hammam

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"There are many open questions: What was the discussion in the ethics committee and how did the ethics committee come to its conclusion? There are many other questions which need to be answered and transparency is urgently needed.

"The way these proceedings have been conducted is absolutely not compliant with any principles of justice. I am punished before I am found guilty.

"I get the impression that the outcome of these proceedings had been defined from the very beginning as it has been made evident at the press conference on Sunday evening at which Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke showed his bias very clearly.

"This is not acceptable as the Fifa ethics committee is supposed to be a fully independent body. Therefore, I also expect the further investigation to be influenced and manipulated."

Bin Hammam withdrew from the Fifa presidential election on Sunday, leaving current incumbent Sepp Blatter as the only candidate and the election will take place as scheduled on Wednesday.