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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

Bin Hammam case reaches CAS


Lausanne, Switzerland — Sport's highest court has heard an appeal by former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam to stop the Asian Football Confederation from replacing him as president.

Bin Hammam didn't attend the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing. His lawyer, Eugene Gulland, declined comment to reporters.

The Qatari official appealed to block the AFC from appointing an interim president while he tries to overturn a lifetime ban from football imposed by FIFA for allegedly bribing Caribbean voters.

Chinese official Zhang Jilong has been running the Asian body and took bin Hammam's seat on FIFA's executive committee.

CAS arbitrator Denis Oswald says both sides will make further written submissions for "a few more weeks."

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