LONDON (AP) — Mohamed bin Hammam has withdrawn from FIFA’s presidential election after being accused of corruption during the campaign.
The Qatari challenger to 13-year incumbent Sepp Blatter had been accused of seeking to bribe presidential voters on a campaign visit to the Caribbean.
Bin Hammam, Blatter and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner are due to face an ethics hearing on Sunday. The election was due to be held on Wednesday.
But in a statement on his website, bin Hammam says “Recent events have left me hurt and disappointed — on a professional and personal level.” He added: “It is for this reason that I announce my withdrawal from the presidential election.”