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Friday, July 8, 2011

Bin Hammam evidence uncovered


LONDON — FIFA's investigators have gathered further evidence of bribery by suspended executive Mohamed bin Hammam during his campaign to become president of soccer's governing body, a person familiar with the case said Wednesday.

The corruption report — compiled by former FBI agents — was sent to bin Hammam last week, and FIFA has summoned the suspended head of Asian football to a full ethics committee hearing on July 22.

Bin Hammam and two Caribbean soccer officials are accused of involvement in a plot to bribe executives in the Caribbean ahead of the Qatari's challenge to topple FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Nine of the 24 Caribbean Football Union members who attended a meeting in Trinidad in May have now admitted to ex-FBI director Louis Freeh that they were offered or accepted $40,000 payments from bin Hammam, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity as it is a confidential report.

An initial report last month by FIFA's ethics committee concluded there was "compelling" evidence that bin Hammam and then-CONCACAF President Jack Warner conspired to bribe voters.

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