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Mohamed Bin Hammam denies corruption allegations

Yesterday we reported that Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and vice president Jack Warner were to be investigated for allegations of corruption, including bribery. Now Bin Hammam has furiously denied the charges, and says that he has nothing to hide.

Fifa executive committee member Chuck Warner had accused the pair and to others of bribery, and they both face an ethics hearing on 29 May, before the presidential elections next month, and Bin Hamman has released a statement on his website to whit he denies any and all allegations of corruption. It’s certainly convenient that Sepp Blatter’s key rival in the elections has suddenly been put under investigation, although there has been no suggestion that Blatter is involved from any party.

‘This has been a difficult and painful day for me today. But, if there is even the slightest justice in the world, these allegations will vanish in the wind. This move is little more than a tactic being used by those who have no confidence in their own ability to emerge successfully from the Fifa presidential election.

‘I remain deeply indebted to Mr Warner for his sense of fair play because without his support and understanding I would not have been able to meet with several important member associations of Fifa to discuss my election manifesto,' wrote Bin Hammam. ‘Here I completely deny any allegations of wrongdoing either intentionally or unknowingly while I was in the Caribbean. I will offer Mr Warner my full support in ensuring we are discharged honourably by the Fifa ethics committee, a body which I hold in the highest esteem.

‘I am confident that there is no charge to answer and that I will be free to stand in the Fifa presidential election on 1 June as originally planned.’

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