Allegations of bribery against bin Hammam as FIFA polls near

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Doha, May 26: After allegations of Qatar bid team bribing FIFA officials to secure their vote for the World Cup hosting rights, here comes another bombshell against Mohammed Bin Hammam, a Qatari national who is in the running for the President's post in football's governing body.

Hammam is also the head of the Asian Football Federation.

According to a report published by Bloomberg, two people familiar with the situation, have accused Hammam of offering $40,000 to Caribbean soccer officials as part of his pitch to become president of the governing body.

Bin Hammam, is alleged to have offered about $2 million in cash to delegates as funds for “football development," said the people on conditions of anonymity because they weren"t authorized to comment publicly on the case.

FIFA has been quick to jump into action and has asked Hammam and co-accused Jack Warner, the head of football's governing body in North and Central America to defend their innocence on May 27. It will be followed by a disciplinary hearing on May 29, three days before the June 1st Presidential elections.

Interestingly the Presidential elections is a direct fight between incumbent Sepp Blatter and Mohammed Bin Hammam.

In a statement released on May 25, Bin Hammam has said, “I completely deny any allegations of wrongdoing either intentionally or unknowingly while I was in the Caribbean." On his website, he has clarified further and said of the allegations as, “little more than a tactic being used by those who have no confidence in their own ability to emerge successfully from the FIFA presidential election."

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