FIFA suspend Bin Hammam aide

02 October 2012 06:17

An aide to Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former FIFA presidential candidate, has been suspended by FIFA's ethics committee for allegedly failing to co-operate with an ongoing investigation.

Najeeb Chirakal, who works for the Qatar FA, has been banned for two months or until he co-operates with the proceedings, whichever comes first, according to a media statement released by football's world governing body.

Chirakal had been asked to provide information and documents by the secretary to the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee but failed to respond, the FIFA statement said.

Bin Hammam was banned by FIFA for life over allegations he paid bribes while campaigning for president.

The ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said there was insufficient evidence, and the case is now being looked at by the chair of the investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee Michael J Garcia.

His financial affairs during his time as president of the Asian Football Confederation are also being investigated by both FIFA and the AFC.

Bin Hammam denies any wrongdoing and met investigators in London last month.

It is understood that Chirakal has never been an official of the AFC but worked as an assistant for Bin Hammam, and had an email address connected to the AFC.

Source: PA