Qatar of­fi­cial in hot wa­ter

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

WORLD foot­ball body FIFA has banned a se­nior Qatari of­fi­cial from run­ning in elec­tions for a seat on its new-look coun­cil over an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Scan­dal-plagued FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee last month rec­om­mended a two-and-a-half-year ban from the game for Saoud Al-Mo­han­nadi, vice pres­i­dent of the Qatar Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, for re­fus­ing to co­op­er­ate with an in­quiry.

FIFA has not re­vealed the sub­ject of the in­quiry, but it is not con­nected with the 2022 World Cup, which Qatar will host.

Mo­han­nadi de­nies any wrong­do­ing and had been cleared to stand in the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) elec­tions in Goa, In­dia, to­day be­fore the AFC an­nounced that he’d been ruled out.

“FIFA has ad­vised the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion that, based on the re­port of the In­ves­ti­ga­tory Cham­ber of the FIFA Ethics Com­mit­tee, it has de­cided Mr Saoud A. Aziz Al-Mo­han­nadi is not el­i­gi­ble to stand in the elec­tions for the FIFA Coun­cil,” the AFC said in a state­ment late on Septem­ber 25.

Six can­di­dates from Asia, in­clud­ing China and North Korea, will vie at the AFC ex­tra­or­di­nary congress in Goa for three seats on FIFA’s coun­cil, which was set up un­der anti-cor­rup­tion re­forms ear­lier this year.

“FIFA has ad­vised the AFC that .. Mr Saoud A Aziz AlMo­han­nadi is not el­i­gi­ble to stand in the elec­tions.”

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