Bin Hammam loses bid to reclaim AFC chief's post
A bid by ousted Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam to block the appointment of his replacement has been denied by a sports arbitration court, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Monday.sports Updated: Oct 04, 2011 00:49 IST
A bid by ousted Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam to block the appointment of his replacement has been denied by a sports arbitration court, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said Monday.
The 62-year-old Qatari was handed a lifetime ban from the sport in July after he was found guilty of trying to buy votes in the Fifa presidential race by offering Caribbean football officials $40,000 each. He denies the charges.
Bin Hammam was replaced as AFC chief - and as a member of Fifa's executive committee - by China's Zhang Jilong.
Zhang was named acting head of Asian football after a provisional ban on Bin Hammam in May by Fifa's ethics committee.
Bin Hammam had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland to block Zhang's appointment but the AFC said the court struck down the attempt in a ruling on Friday.
"AFC has strictly followed the AFC Statutes at all times in relation to Mr. (Zhang) Jilong's designation as AFC Acting President and nomination to the Fifa Executive Committee," said the statement.
"The CAS decision to dismiss Mr. Bin Hammam's request for a provisional stay is a procedural order and not an award, meaning that it is not subject to further appeal."
Brazil president meets Fifa
Brussels: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had a "positive meeting" with Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke on Monday to discuss the 2014 World Cup, Brazil's Sports Minister Orlando Silva said.
The meeting was organised at the behest of the Brazilian authorities due to disagreements about a bill submitted for approval by the Brazilian Congress on September 19.
The bill seeks to limit Fifa's control over image rights for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, both of which will take place in Brazil.
"We re-examined preparations for the World Cup in Brazil and the Brazilian government reaffirmed their commitments and the president personally confirmed her intention to prepare the country to offer suitable conditions," said Silva who added in a statement on Friday that he was committed to establishing "a harmonious working relationship" with Fifa.