Zurich: FIFA has banned Mohamed bin Hammam from football for life after finding him guilty of bribing presidential election voters.
A FIFA ethics panel has ruled that the Qatari candidate conspired to pay Caribbean officials $40,000 cash bribes to back his ultimately abandoned challenge to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Bin Hammam is the most senior FIFA official convicted of corruption in its 107-year history.
The Asian Football Confederation president didn't cooperate with the FIFA investigation or attend his hearing on Friday.
Bin Hammam denied wrongdoing but wrote on his website Friday that he expected a guilty verdict, and would appeal.