FIFA clears Qatar football official of impropriety
A senior Qatari football official has won his appeal against FIFA’s ethics committee, which had banned him from the sport for one year.
Saoud Al-Mohannadi was cleared of allegations that he failed to cooperate with the ethics committee on an undisclosed investigation.
In a statement, FIFA said that there was not enough proof to meet “the comfortable satisfaction of the members of the Appeal Committee” that Al-Mohannadi did anything wrong.
“Therefore, the one-year ban imposed by the adjudicatory chamber on Mr Al-Mohannadi, which entered into force on 16 November 2016, and the fine of CHF 20,000 have been lifted.”
The punishment was imposed against the Qatar Football Association (QFA) Vice-Chairman in November 2016.
QFA had maintained that the charges were “without legitimate basis.”
Al-Mohannadi, who is also vice president of the Asian Football Confederation, was also prohibited from running for a seat in FIFA’s newly reformed executive committee.
Displeased by this, Asia’s top football officials refused to participate in a planned ExCo election in September.
According to Al-Mohannadi’s lawyers, a new election is set for May. However, Reuters reports that he has missed the deadline to stand for these elections.