19 Apr 2012

Bin Hammam appeal starts in Geneva

5:47 am on 19 April 2012

Mohamed bin Hammam's appeal against his lifetime corruption ban from FIFA has started in the Court of Arbritration for Sport in Geneva.

The 62-year-old Qatari is fighting allegations that he tried to buy FIFA delegates' votes while campaigning to unseat the world body's long-standing president, Sepp Blatter, in a leadership election last year.

Bin Hammam says the cash hand-outs were merely gifts, and he describes the charges and his punishment by FIFA as politically motivated.

The CAS hearing is expected to conclude tomorrow but their verdict is not expected to be released until a later date.