Bin Hammam lays out Blazer accusations

Mohamed bin Hammam continued his fight against his lifetime ban from world football on Monday by calling for whistleblower Chuck Blazer to be brought before FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

Bin Hammam was handed the ban on Saturday after the suspended Asian Football Confederation president was found guilty of bribery in his campaign to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of FIFA. Speaking in his official blog on Monday, the Qatari demanded FIFA release all evidence against him into the public domain and followed this up by calling for an investigation into payments made to Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) general secretary Blazer.

Bin Hammam has accused Blazer of receiving a US$250,000 payment from the Caribbean Football Union on March 31 this year, and has questioned payments totalling $9 million made to the CONCACAF chief during the last five years. Bin Hammam told Sky News: “When you are claiming that the Caribbean (Football) Union does not have money, how come a few weeks earlier you have received from the Caribbean Union $250,000?”

He added: “And how come it is in the statements that you have received over four or five years $9 million? It is a very reasonable question really to be asked to FIFA’s ethics committee and to be asked to Mr Blazer, and I hope that they are ethical enough to open a case.”

However, Blazer has strongly denied any wrongdoing, stating the $250,000 was the repayment of a loan he’d made to former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, adding the $9 million represented his 10% commission from marketing and TV rights for CONCACAF. Blazer said: “As a precaution, I have set aside these funds and am prepared to return them should it turn out that the CFU was the source of the funds and not Jack Warner, as was represented to me.”

He added: “This percentage on marketing rights is consistent with industry standards. CONCACAF has never been in a stronger financial position. This is not in violation of any Ethics Code nor would it be a matter for the Ethics Committee.”

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