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Bin Hammam hits back over FIFA ban

Banned FIFA member Mohamed bin Hammam has claimed FIFA would never have dared to take action against him if he were European.

In a letter to the head of the ethics committee panel who imposed a lifetime ban on him for bribery, Bin Hammam also claims FIFA president Sepp Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke should be the subject of an investigation into corruption.

Bin Hammam was banned for paying bribes totalling around one million US dollars to officials from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at a meeting in Trinidad on May 10. FIFA’s ethics committee have charged 16 officials with rule breaches in connection to the meeting.

Bin Hammam, from Qatar, wrote in a letter to deputy ethics committee chairman Judge Petrus Damaseb, alleging the Namibian judge had been “a pawn” of Blatter’s.

“Were I a European, or were the Caribbean part of Europe, neither Blatter nor Valcke will dare lay a finger on us; were we Europeans, you would have never been given the opportunity to chair this ethics committee panel and slaughter people left and right, as you have done,” Bin Hammam wrote in his letter.

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