The FIFA Ethics Committee – under the chairmanship of Petrus Damaseb, a Namibian Judge – has banned Mohamed bin Hammam from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for life. Mr. bin Hammam was found to be guilty of making offers or donations of $40,000 to officials from the Caribbean Football Union, it has been reported, as he sought votes in his bid to challenge Sepp Blatter to the Fifa presidency.
Mr. bin Hammam and Jack Warner, the former FIFA vice president, were suspended from their roles in May (as reported in the June edition of the Corruption Digest) pending the outcome of allegations relating to bribery and accepting or receiving gifts. The charges against Mr. Warner were dropped after he quit all football-related activities.
Mr. bin Hammam denies the charges against him and has stated that he will pursue his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.