FIFA scandal

'Cash was for expenses'

July 24, 2011

Mohamed Bin Hammam has claimed the cash given to members of the Caribbean Football Union during his campaign for the FIFA presidency was simply payment to cover their expenses as he launched a stinging attack on the governing body for his life ban.

Mohamad Bin Hammam
GettyImagesMohamad Bin Hammam was running for the Fifa presidency

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Bin Hammam, who was found guilty of giving or offering cash gifts totalling around US$ 1million dollars, has confirmed he will appeal the decision.

''We did not do anything wrong,'' he said in an interview with Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme. ''We played in compliance with the rules and regulations of FIFA.

''I did not provide money for distribution, or for buying votes or for bribing. I paid the expenses of the congresses, the travel expenses, daily allowances.''

The ban stems from allegations made after a meeting for associations of the CFU organised by Bin Hammam and former CONCACAF president Jack Warner in Trinidad during the Qatari's campaign to oust Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.

Several members of the CFU claim they were offered sums of money for ''development projects'' at the meeting.