FIFA witness steps down from Bin Hammam appeal

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ZURICH (AP) -- The head of FIFA's appeals panel has withdrawn from a case involving Mohamed bin Hammam because he gave evidence of an alleged election bribery plot involving the Qatari official.

FIFA says Larry Mussenden, a former Bermuda government attorney general, has recused himself from the appeal hearing.

Bin Hammam faces a full inquiry before FIFA's ethics committee next month and wants to overturn a provisional suspension. It bars the Asian Football Confederation president from all duties during the investigation.

Four Caribbean Football Union members, including one from Bermuda, say they were offered cash payments during bin Hammam's campaign visit last month to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner's native Trinidad and Tobago. Bin Hammam had denied any wrongdoing, while Warner resigned on Monday.