Asian soccer body suspends former boss over bribes

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Asian Football Confederation has provisionally suspended its former president after an internal audit brought new charges of financial wrongdoing against the disgraced Qatari official.

Mohammed bin Hammam is currently fighting FIFA's lifetime ban from the sport after he challenged Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world soccer's governing body last year. Bin Hammam, accused of trying to buy votes in the election, has appealed his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The AFC said Monday that bin Hammam has been suspended for 30 days after a year-long audit of AFC accounts revealed "infringements" regarding the "execution of certain contracts" and tampering with AFC bank accounts.

Bin Hammam is suspected of bribery, acts of conflict of interest and "accepting gifts and benefits," the AFC said.