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Bin Hammam's FIFA life ban overturned

  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has annulled former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam’s lifetime ban from all soccer-related activity imposed over bribery allegations.

    However, the CAS stated the decision did not amount to an "affirmative finding of innocence".

    CAS added that FIFA's investigation had not been thorough enough, and that the case could be re-opened with new evidence.

    Bin Hammam was found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee last year of paying bribes to Caribbean football officials while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

    Bin Hammam had been president of the Asian Football Confederation and was provisionally suspended by the governing body earlier this week.

    FIFA said it had accepted the outcome "with concern" while Bin Hammam announced he will retire from soccer, saying he had seen "the ugly face" of the sport in the last year.