ZURICH (AP) — FIFA’s anti-corruption judge has made his first decision in office, confirming that former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam is provisionally suspended while bribery allegations are investigated.
FIFA says Joachim Eckert invited bin Hammam “to submit a written statement” on the case before making his ruling.
FIFA suspended bin Hammam from all soccer duties for 90 days last month at the request of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia.
Garcia is deciding whether to charge bin Hammam over possible financial mismanagement of Asian Football Confederation funds during the Qatari official’s presidency. Garcia is also examining whether Caribbean voters were bribed during the FIFA presidential election last year.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted bin Hammam’s life ban last month, prompting FIFA to search for new evidence.